How Prosecutors Say The Admissions Bribery Scheme Worked

Arnold Nichols
March 13, 2019

The Associated Press reports racketeering conspiracy charges were brought against coaches at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

Court documents say Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation so her daughter could partake in the college entrance cheating scam.

Singer was paid roughly $25 million by parents to help their children get in to schools, the United States attorney said.

It also helped high school athletes get into top colleges no matter what their abilities, according to the indictment.

More than 30 parents are accused of paying bribes, including well-known actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Laughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.

Huffman, along with Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin and 48 other people, was accused of having taken part in the nationwide cheating scandal involving elite colleges and universities such as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and the University of Southern California, PEOPLE confirms. Loughlin is famous as Aunt Becky on the beloved '90s sitcom Full House, and she's made numerous appearances on its Netflix revival series, Fuller House. Athletic coaches, parents and exam administrators were also implicated.

Felicity Huffman second left in her Desperate Housewives days
Felicity Huffman second left in her Desperate Housewives days

A former Yale University women's soccer coach, Rudolph "Rudy" Meredith of Madison, Conn.is charged in the case with two counts of wire fraud.

William "Rick" Singer, founder of for-profit college prep business Edge College & Career Network also known as "The Key", is allegedly the mastermind behind one of the largest college admissions scams to ever hit the us and went to great lengths - which included pricey fees - to ensure his clients' demands were met. Prosecutors say Singer then arranged for a specific person to proctor that test and correct the girl's answers. In return, Loughlin's two daughters were accepted to USC as "recruits to the USC crew team-despite the fact that they did not participate in crew".

Singer funneled bribe payments to her through Fox, court documents allege, but in July 2018 Singer sent her a $5,000 check directly.

- The consultant, William "Rick" Singer of Newport Beach, California pleaded guilty in Boston federal court on Tuesday to charges including racketeering conspiracy and obstruction of justice. In some cases, the lawyers said, Singer worked with parents to create false academic and athletic successes for the students, including putting student's faces on the images of real athletes in action.

Among those charged are nine coaches of elite schools and 33 parents who prosecutors say paid "enormous sums" to guarantee their children's admission.


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