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$25 Million Nationwide College Admissions Cheating Scam
So, what we have here is some Holly Wood scumbags who think it's okay to buy their kid's acceptance into an ivy league university just because they consider themselves to be above the rest.

This shows the corruption of those in control of the universities to willingly be bribed and paid off with money, while other students have actually earned their right to be there by studying hard and making top grades in school.

If I was a student in one of these universities, I would be extremely upset.
How will people take those graduating from these schools seriously now? 
Will the public think they paid for that diploma?
How will they know who did, or didn't?
Who deserves the prestige of saying "I went to (insert institution name)", when you have parents paying the school off?
How will we know?


Quote:Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and a slew of chief executives are among 50 wealthy people charged in the largest college cheating scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, federal officials said Tuesday.

Those indicted in the investigation, dubbed "Varsity Blues," allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud," Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said at a news conference.

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Felicity Huffman in Beverly Hills on Feb 19, 2019 in Los Angeles. | Lori Loughlin,in Beverly Hills, Calif., Feb. 28, 2019.

"There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy and, I'll add, there will not be a separate criminal justice system either," Lelling said.

Ringleader to plead guilty
According to Lelling, the ringleader of the scam is William Singer, owner of a college counseling service called Key Worldwide Foundation, who accepted bribes totaling $25 million from parents between 2011 and 2018 "to guarantee their children's admission to elite schools."


'"The parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege'

Singer is expected to plead guilty in a Boston federal court on Tuesday on charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice, Lelling said.

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Harkness Tower sits on the campus of Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Sept. 9, 2016.

Those charged in the probe include nine coaches at elite schools, two SAT and ACT exam administrators, one exam proctor, a college administrator and 33 parents, including Huffman and Loughlin.


'There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy'

"The parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege," Lelling said. "They include, for example, the CEOs of private and public companies, successful securities and real estate investors, two well-known actresses, a famous fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm."

Also named as defendants in the indictment are Robert Zangrillo, founder and CEO of the private investment firm Dragon Global; Bill Glashan, a businessman and international private equity investor; and Gordon Caplan, a New York attorney.

Fake athletic credentials
He said in many of the cases, Singer allegedly bribed the coaches, who "agreed to pretend that certain applicants were recruited competitive athletes when, in fact, the applicants were not."

Lelling said the coaches allegedly "knew the students' athletic credentials had been fabricated."
He said Singer allegedly worked with the parents to "fabricate profiles for their kids, including fake athletic credential and honors, or fake participation in elite club teams."

Singer allegedly even had parents stage photos or Photoshopped pictures of their children participating in sports.

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PHOTO:Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, speaks at a press conference on March 12, 2019.

Singer also arranged for a student to take the SAT and ACT exams individually with a proctor in Texas or California he had bribed, Lelling said.

In one case highlighted by federal prosecutors, the head women’s soccer coach at Yale University was paid $400,000 to accept a student even though the applicant did not play soccer. The parents of that student had paid Singer $1.2 million.
Other elite schools named in the scam were the University of Texas, UCLA and Wake Forest.

Joe Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Field Office, said 300 special agents fanned out across the country early Tuesday and arrested 38 people. He said seven other suspects were working to surrender to authorities and one is being actively pursued.

Huffman was arrested at her home in Los Angeles, while Loughlin, who is in Canada, had yet to be taken into custody, sources told ABC News.

This is a big deal guys! Some of us suspected this was going on, but now we have proof, and these crooks are being brought to JUSTICE!  It's time to make all people equal, with the same equal opportunities in life... not just the rich!

This is just a fraction of the article. Read more here:  Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin among those charged in $25 million nationwide college admissions cheating scam
Wonder if Obummer's girls were involved in this scandal?  We know Obummer's education was paid off by the Saudi Arabia Prince, so could it be that Sasha and Malia's acceptance was bought and paid for too?
This is getting more and more interesting.   tinybiggrin 

Gordon Ernst, former head coach at Georgetown - and the Obamas' tennis instructor - charged in connection to college-admissions bribery scheme

Quote:A former Georgetown University tennis coach who at one time was the instructor of First Lady Michelle Obama and her daughters was among the 50 people indicted this morning in a sweeping college admissions scandal.

The bribery scheme, which allegedly also involved actresses Lori Laughlin and Felicity Huffman, entailed getting students admitted to some of the top schools in the country as recruited athletes - regardless of athletic ability - and helping those applicants cheat on their entrance exams.

Gordon Ernst, who until last year was employed as the head coach of men’s and women’s tennis at Georgetown, was named in the bombshell indictment, along with long-time Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith.

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Gordon Ernst, former head coach of men’s and women’s tennis at Georgetown - and Malia Obama's (right) ex-tennis instructor - has been charged in connection to a massive college-admissions bribery scheme 

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William Rick Singer, who founded the college consulting business Edge College & Career Network, also known as The Key, has been identified as the alleged mastermind of the scheme

According to the unsealed indictment, between 2012 and 2018, during which time Ernst was the head coach of men's and women's tennis at Georgetown University, he received bribes totalling more than $2.7million, which was falsely labelled as 'consulting.'

In exchange for the payoffs, Ernst allegedly designated at least a dozen applicants as recruits for the Georgetown tennis team, including some who did not play competitively, in order to help them get into the university.

The money came from charitable accounts set up by the accused mastermind of the scheme, William Rick Singer, who founded the college consulting business Edge College & Career Network, also known as The Key, in Newport Beach, California.
Prosecutors said parents paid Singer about $25million to bribe coaches and administrators into pretending that their children were athletic recruits to guarantee their admission. 

In one instance, according to the documents, Ernst was allegedly paid $400,000 for getting the child of Singer's clients into Georgetown under the guise of tennis recruitment, even though the applicant did not play competitive tennis.
Between September 2015 and August 2016, Ernst allegedly received checks totalling $700,000.

Ernst worked at Georgetown for 12 years before resigning in June 2018. Two months later, he was named the University of Rhode Island’s women's tennis coach.

Sasha and Malia Obama's tennis instructor and the former Yale women's soccer coach are among those indicted in sprawling college bribery scheme

Another person I would like to know about is David Hogg. How the heck did he get into Harvard?! minusculethinking
A tennis instructor and soccer coach...?!!! Jeez, it shows the wide range of 'The Haves' when looking
at bribery in the private education. It also shows the honourability of the schools involved.
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Quote:Actress Lori Loughlin was taken into custody by the FBI Wednesday in Los Angeles after she, fellow movie star Felicity Huffman and 48 others were charged in a $25 million college admissions scam that has prompted repercussions from Hollywood to the boardrooms of major companies.

Loughlin is expected to appear in federal court in Los Angeles later Wednesday to face fraud charges stemming from the nationwide investigation.
Loughlin, 54, flew to Los Angeles overnight from Canada, where she was filming a Hallmark movie, sources told ABC News.

A former cast member on the ABC sitcom "Full House," Loughlin and Oscar-nominated actress Huffman, 56, are among 33 parents charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in the nationwide scam to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

Read more:  Live Updates: Actress Lori Loughlin taken into custody in 'Varsity Blues' college admissions scam
I cant help but think that this is been used to draw attention away form other horrors happing across the pond

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