College coaches charged in cheating scam

14 March, 2019, 07:41 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Charged in College Admission Scam

Prosecutors say parents paid an admissions consultant $25 million from 2011 through February 2019 to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as recruited athletes to boost their chances of getting into schools.

"Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman and "Full House" actress Lori Loughlin were among the 50 people charged in the "Operation Varsity Blues" criminal investigation.

In all, 33 parents were charged with wire and mail fraud for allegedly paying bribes to get their children into prestigious schools for which they otherwise would not have been qualified.

WBUR's Fred Thys reports for All Things Considered.

Meredith, in turn, allegedly "designated Yale Applicant 1 as a recruit for the Yale women's soccer team - thereby facilitating her admission to Yale - despite the fact that, as he knew at the time, Yale Applicant 1 did not play competitive soccer".

- Bribing college coaches or athletic administrators to make it appear the students were athletes being recruited to the school, including creating fake athletic credentials.

By April 2018, the executive was wearing a recording device for the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he met with coach Rudolph "Rudy" Meredith in a hotel room in Boston.

"We are cooperating fully with the investigation", university spokesman J.B. Bird said.

The head of a Silicon Valley hedge fund who became embroiled in the massive college bribery scandal by helping his two daughters cheat and bribing a Georgetown University tennis coach has stepped down.

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The following year, Singer allegedly had someone help the youngest Henriquez daughter with her ACT in exchange for Manuel using his influence to get another one of Singer's applicants into Northeastern University.

In 2007 Singer began operating the Edge College & Career Network, also known as "The Key" - a college counseling and preparation services business, authorities said.

Austin added that the university has planned "significant remedial efforts", and will take appropriate employment actions in regards to the implicated individuals as well as review admissions decisions and funds received in connection with the allegations.

"We frankly had the resources and the sophistication to take down a case of this magnitude", US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling told reporters Tuesday.

After Isabelle was admitted to Georgetown in May 2016, the Henriquez Family Trust "donated" $400,000 to Singer's charity.

Heinel allegedly submitted the defendant's daughter to a USC subcommittee for athletic admissions in October 2017, and the committee granted approval to admit the student as a basketball recruit.

The scam, which started in 2011, saw a total of Dollars 25 million paid as bribe. Investigators say he would get parents to finagle a phony learning disability diagnosis to get their children extra time to take the SAT or ACT.

Prosecutors say Huffman paid $15,000 and Loughlin paid $500,000 in the scheme.



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