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More Than Four Dozen People Charged In Nationwide College Admissions Scandal

Discussion in 'Crimes' started by fran, Mar 12, 2019.

  1. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among 50 snared in elite college cheating scam, authorities say

    Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among more than four dozen people charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal that involved wealthy individuals paying up to $6.5 million to place their children into elite universities, according to court records revealed Tuesday.

    The alleged scam -- which involved students being placed into top colleges such as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, University of Southern California, UCLA and the University of Texas -- was run by a man in California, William Rick Singer, who helped parents get their children into the schools through bribes, court documents unsealed in Boston showed. Officials have been investigating the scam for more than a year.

    Singer, who authorities said will plead guilty to racketeering, ran the charity, Key Worldwide Foundation, which received $25 million in total to guarantee the admissions, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said during a Tuesday news conference. The charitable foundation was used as a front to run the scam.

    "This is a case where they flaunted their wealth, sparing no expense to cheat to the system so they could set their children up for success with the best money can buy,” Joseph Bonavolonta from the FBI Boston Field Office said in a Tuesday news conference.

    Most of the students did not know their admission to the school was due to a bribe, authorities said. In some cases, however, the children and their parents all took part in the scam.

    "Singer would accommodate what parents wanted to do," Lelling said, adding that it "appears that the schools are not involved."

    The children’s parents would allegedly pay a specified amount of money fully aware it would be used to gain college admission. The money would then go toward an SAT or ACT administrator or a college athletic coach who would fake a profile for the prospective student — regardless of their athletic ability, according to the charging documents.

    "There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy and there will not be a separate criminal justice system either," Lelling said. "We're not talking about donating a building so a school is more likely to take your son or daughter, we're talking about deception or fraud."

    On a call with one parent, prosecutors said, Singer described the business simply: “What we do is help the wealthiest families in the US get their kids into school... my families want a guarantee.”

    Singer would help his clients' children by having another individual take SAT or ACT tests on behalf of the students, officials said. Parents would allegedly pay up to $75,000 for each test and wire money to "charitable accounts."

    "Singer used the purported charitable donations from parents, at least in part, to bribe two SAT and ACT test administrators," court documents stated.

    Parents would take their children to therapists paid by Singer to receive notes saying the prospective students required extra time to take the standardized tests.

    Among the college coaches involved in the alleged scheme was Rudy Meredith, the former head women's soccer coach at Yale, and John Vandemoer, the sailing coach at Stanford University.

    For one applicant, Meredith — who resigned from his position in November — created a fake athletic profile and said the person was a recruit for the Yale women's soccer team even though the applicant "did not play competitive soccer."

    Singer gave Meredith $400,000 after the student was admitted to Yale, court documents stated.

    A Georgetown tennis coach received bribe money between 2012 and 2018 from Singer that amounted to more than $2.7 million, according to the documents.

    "In exchange for the bribes, the Georgetown coach designated approximately 12 applicants as recruits for the Georgetown tennis team, including some who did not play tennis competitively, thereby facilitating their admission to the university," documents read.

    Huffman and her husband were accused of taking advantage of the SAT and ACT.

    They allegedly helped their daughter with her college admission by making a “purported charitable contribution of $15,000...to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme,” the documents said. “Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so."

    The court documents also stated that "[Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli] agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team -- despite the fact that they did not participate in crew -- thereby facilitating their admission to USC."

    Lelling said the case is still an active investigation and there could be more parents and school officials involved.

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  2. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Are Among 40 Celebs, CEOs Arrested in a College Admissions Cheating Scandal

    A who’s who of famous names, from actresses to CEOs, have been arrested as part of a national college admissions cheating scam, according to court records unsealed in Boston Tuesday.

    Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among the more than 40 people arrested for paying bribes to get their children into elite schools, including Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, and Yale.

    The scam, said prosecutors, arranged for children to be recruited as athletes, regardless of their athletic abilities. Academic officials, including the former women’s soccer coach at Yale University are also facing charges.

    “Beginning in or about 2011, and continuing through the present, the defendants—principally individuals whose high-school age children were applying to college—conspired with others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children’s admission to colleges and universities in the District of Massachusetts and elsewhere, including Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California, and the University of Southern California-Los Angeles,” an affidavit supporting the indictment said.

    Also named in the indictment are William E. McGlashan Jr., founder and managing partner of TPG Growth, a Silicon Valley investment fund, wine baron Agustin Huneeus, Robert Zangrillo, CEO of venture firm Dragon Global, Gordon Caplan, co-chairman of the notable law firm Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, Elisabeth Kimmel, owner of Midwest Television and a board member at Ballast Point Brewing and former Pimco CEO Doug Hodge.

    The bribes reportedly went as high as $6 million. The children, generally, did not realize their admission was due to a bribe.

    read more .......... http://fortune.com/2019/03/12/loughlin-huffman-college-cheating-scandal-admissions/
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  3. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member



    The charges include conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. We've learned Felicity has been arrested and is presently in custody. We're told she will be released on a signature bond ... which essentially is a promise to appear in court.

    The alleged scam was reportedly unearthed after authorities found a California businessman who ran an operation helping students get into the college of their choice. Authorities say parents would pay the man a predetermined amount which he would funnel to an SAT or ACT administrator or a college athletic coach.

    The feds say if the money went to a college coach ... the coach would arrange a fake profile that listed the student as an athlete. If the money went to an exam administrator, the administrator would either hire a proctor to take the SAT/ACT or correct the student's answers.

    As for Loughlin, she and her husband -- Mossimo Giannulli, the founder of Mossimo clothing -- allegedly paid $500,000 to have their 2 daughters designated as recruits for the crew team at USC ... despite the fact they did not actually participate in crew. However, the feds say Mossimo sent action photos of their daughters on rowing machines.

    Mossimo, who was also charged, took a cheap shot at one university. According to the indictment, he wrote an email saying he wanted to "make sure we have a roadmap for success as it relates to [our daughter] and getting her into a school other than ASU!"

    As for Huffman, she and her husband, William H. Macy, allegedly made a charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of their eldest daughter. The indictment says the daughter was given twice the amount of time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterwards.

    The indictment says the girl received a score of 1420 on her SAT ... an improvement of approximately 400 points over her PSAT.

    Macy was not indicted.

    According to the docs, the FBI recorded phone calls in which Loughlin and Huffman talked about the scheme with a witness who was cooperating with authorities.

    And, the federal indictment out of Boston has a twist ... it says most of the kids admitted to the schools had no idea their parents allegedly greased the wheels to get them in.

    We reached out to the reps for both Felicity and Lori ... so far no word back.

    read more ............ https://www.tmz.com/2019/03/12/feli...lin-arrested-college-admissions-bribery-scam/
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  4. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    I'm so shocked about Lori Loughlin! :thud:

    She's on When Calls The Heart as the mayor! She seems so sweet! What a disappointment.
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    STEADFAST Well-Known Member

    So embarassing for the kids, who will probably now have to leave school.
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  6. Olenna

    Olenna Chief Justice of the Forum on Checks & Balances

    This is truly the stupidest, laziest, most insecure and desperate housewife thing I've heard in a long long time. :thud:
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  7. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    You know, buying their entry into better schools doesn't guarantee their success.

    The person giving the press conference was not very happy because it's the PEOPLE that suffer when this type of thing happens. The people who've encouraged their children to give it their all in high school and then when they apply, can't get in because someone that cheated took their place.

    They think they're not hurting anyone, but they are.


    ps.... I'm with you Kimster. I love Lori in that show and the detective series she's on with Hallmark as well. Very disappointed. :(
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  8. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Here’s the full list:

    • Gregory Abbott

    • Marcia Abbott

    • Gamal Abdelaziz

    • Diane Blake

    • Todd Blake

    • Jane Buckingham

    • Gordon Caplan

    • Michael Center

    • I-Hsin “Joey” Chen

    • Amy Colburn

    • Gregory Colburn

    • Igor Dvorskiy

    • Gordon Ernst

    • William Ferguson

    • Robert Flaxman

    • Martin Fox

    • Mossimo Giannulli

    • Donna Heinel

    • Elizabeth Henriquez

    • Manuel Henriquez

    • Douglas Hodge

    • Felicity Huffman

    • Agustin Huneeus Jr.

    • Bruce Isackson

    • Davina Isackson

    • Michelle Janavs

    • Laura Janke

    • Ali Khosroshahin

    • Elisabeth Kimmel

    • Marjorie Klapper

    • Lori Loughlin

    • Toby MacFarlane

    • Steven Masera

    • William McGlashan

    • Rudolph Meredith

    • Marci Palatella

    • Mark Riddell

    • Jorge Salcedo

    • Mikaela Sanford

    • Peter Jan Sartorio

    • Stephen Semprevivo

    • David Sidoo

    • William Rick Singer

    • Devin Sloane

    • John Vandemoer

    • Jovan Vavic

    • Niki Williams

    • John Wilson

    • Homayoun Zadeh

    • Robert Zangrillo
    read more ............... https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/12/...simo-giannulli.html?smtyp=cur&smid=tw-nytimes
  9. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    College Admissions Scandal: Actresses, Business Leaders and Other Wealthy Parents Charged

    • March 12, 2019
    Federal prosecutors charged dozens of people on Tuesday in a major college admission scandal that involved wealthy parents, including Hollywood celebrities and prominent business leaders, paying bribes to get their children into elite American universities.

    Thirty-three parents were charged in the case and prosecutors said there could be additional indictments to come. Also implicated were top college coaches, who were accused of accepting millions of dollars to help admit students to Wake Forest, Yale, Stanford, the University of Southern California and other schools, regardless of their academic or sports ability, officials said.

    The parents included the television star Lori Loughlin and her husband, the fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli; the actress Felicity Huffman; and William E. McGlashan Jr., a partner at the private equity firm TPG, officials said.

    The case unveiled Tuesday was stunning in its breadth and audacity. It was the Justice Department’s largest ever college admissions prosecution, a sprawling investigation that involved 200 agents nationwide and resulted in charges against 50 people in six states.

    The charges also underscored how college admissions have become so cutthroat and competitive that some have sought to break the rules. The authorities say the parents of some of the nation’s wealthiest and most privileged students sought to buy spots for their children at top universities, not only cheating the system, but potentially cheating other hard-working students out of a chance at a college education.

    In many of the cases, prosecutors said, the students were often not aware that their parents were doctoring their test scores and lying to get them into school.

    “The parents are the prime movers of this fraud,” Andrew E. Lelling, the United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said Tuesday during a news conference. Mr. Lelling said that those parents used their wealth to create a separate and unfair admissions process for their children.

    But, Mr. Lelling said, “there will not be a separate criminal justice system” for them.

    “The real victims in this case are the hardworking students,” who were displaced in the admissions process by “far less qualified students and their families who simply bought their way in,” Mr. Lelling said.

    “This is an extreme, unsubtle and illegal example of the increasingly common practice of using money to get an edge in the race for a place in an elite university,” said Christopher Hunt, who runs College Essay Mentor, a consulting service for applicants. “The more common practice is to spend money in indirect ways: High-priced test prep. Coaches so your kid can be a recruited athlete. Donations as an alum. Donations as a non-alum.”

    read more ............ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/12/...ml?action=click&module=inline&pgtype=Homepage
  10. Olenna

    Olenna Chief Justice of the Forum on Checks & Balances

    good grief, how many more similar cases have they prosecuted and how'd I miss them? :doh:
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  11. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Actress Lori Loughlin Surrenders in Connection With Alleged College Admissions Scam

    Fallout from a sweeping college admissions scandal swiftly spread Wednesday, with actress Lori Loughlin surrendering ahead of a Los Angeles court hearing and a Silicon Valley hedge fund replacing its leader.

    Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman headline the list of some 50 people charged in documents unveiled in Boston that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools. The parents bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into selective schools, authorities said.

    Loughlin turned herself in to the FBI on Wednesday morning and is scheduled for a court appearance in the afternoon, spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

    Prosecutors allege Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, even though neither is a rower. Giannulli was released Tuesday after posting a $1 million bond.

    The scandal also ensnared movers and shakers in the corporate world. The Palo Alto, California, hedge fund Hercules Capital announced Wednesday it was replacing its leader, Manuel Henriquez, who was arrested in New York City on Tuesday and released on $500,000 bail. Shares of the hedge fund plunged 9 percent.

    Henriquez will still hold a seat on the board and serve as an adviser, Hercules said.

    Mark Riddell — an administrator for Bradenton, Florida's IMG Academy, which was founded by renowned tennis coach Nick Bollettieri and bills itself as the world's largest sports academy — was suspended from his job late Tuesday after he was accused of taking college admissions tests as part of the scheme.

    Riddell didn't return several phone calls seeking comment.

    At the center of the scheme was admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network of Newport Beach, California, authorities said. Singer pleaded guilty Tuesday, and his lawyer, Donald Heller, said his client intends to cooperate fully with prosecutors and is "remorseful and contrite and wants to move on with his life."

    Prosecutors said that parents paid Singer big money from 2011 up until just last month to bribe coaches and administrators to falsely make their children look like star athletes to boost their chances of getting accepted. The consultant also hired ringers to take college entrance exams for students and paid off insiders at testing centers to correct students' answers.

    Some parents spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, as much as $6.5 million, to guarantee their children's admission, officials said.

    "These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege," U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a news conference in Boston, where the indictments in the scandal were handed up.

    At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents were charged. Dozens, including Huffman, the Emmy-winning star of ABC's "Desperate Housewives," were arrested by midday Tuesday.

    Huffman posted a $250,000 bond after an appearance in federal court in Los Angeles. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, has not been charged, though an FBI agent stated in an affidavit that he was in the room when Huffman first heard the pitch from a scam insider.

    Loughlin became famous as the wholesome Aunt Becky in the 1980s and '90s sitcom "Full House." She has lately become the queen of the Hallmark Channel with her holiday movies and the series "When Calls the Heart."

    The coaches worked at schools such as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles.

    Stanford's sailing coach John Vandemoer pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston. A former Yale soccer coach had pleaded guilty before the documents went public and helped build the case against others.

    No students were charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on. Several of the colleges involved made no mention of taking any action against the students.

    Several defendants, including Huffman, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

    "For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected," Lelling said.

    Lelling said the investigation is continuing and authorities believe other parents were involved. The IRS is also investigating, since some parents allegedly disguised the bribes as charitable donations.

    The colleges themselves are not targets, the prosecutor said. A number of the institutions moved quickly to fire or suspend the coaches and distance their name from the scandal, portraying themselves as victims. Stanford fired the sailing coach, and USC dropped its water polo coach and an athletic administrator. UCLA suspended its soccer coach, and Wake Forest did the same with its volleyball coach.

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  12. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    From the above post ................................

    Lelling said the investigation is continuing and authorities believe other parents were involved. The IRS is also investigating, since some parents allegedly disguised the bribes as charitable donations.

    Uh oh, IRS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :jail:

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  13. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    University of San Diego, local families caught up in college admissions scandal

    A massive investigation into a college admissions bribery scheme for the wealthy has ensnared a former University of San Diego sports coach who allegedly took kickbacks and parents of two local families accused of paying $875,000 total to get sons and daughters into elite universities.

    The former USD coach has not been publicly named, and it is not clear if charges are pending.

    USD President James T. Harris III sent a note to the university Tuesday that acknowledged the investigation and said the school was cooperating.
    “We have been cooperating with the government’s investigation and we have no reason to believe that any members of our admissions team, our administration or staff, or our current coaching staff were aware of or involved in the alleged wrongdoing,” Harris said. “We believe the federal government agrees with this assessment.”

    The San Diego-area parents charged in the case were identified Tuesday as Elisabeth Kimmel, the former owner of KFMB stations in San Diego, and Toby Macfarlane, a Del Mar resident who was a senior executive at a title insurance company.

    Kimmel was taken into custody early Tuesday morning at her home in La Jolla.

    Macfarlane faced a San Diego federal judge Tuesday afternoon after being arrested.

    As U.S. Magistrate Judge Mitchell Dembin announced the reason for the hearing, he made a point of holding up the unusually thick 204-page affidavit filed in the case, which lays out the FBI investigation in great detail.

    According to the federal indictment filed in Boston, the pay-for-admission scheme was largely run by William Rick Singer, the founder of the Edge College & Career Network, a for-profit company in Newport Beach. The company is known as The Key. He also founded a nonprofit charity known as the Key World Foundation, or KWF.

    Part of the scheme involved using cooperating coaches to agree to accept the students as recruits — even if it meant lying about their athletic abilities and experience. Athletic departments are often allowed to recruit a certain number of students based on athletic skill, with less of a focus on academics than other students. Singer liked to call the athletic admissions a “side door,” according to court records.

    Among one of Singer’s alleged clients was Beverly Hills resident Robert Flaxman, the president of Crown Reality and Development in Los Angeles, whose son and daughter were ultimately admitted to the University of San Diego, according to an FBI affidavit filed in the case.

    When Flaxman asked about the status of his son’s application, Singer allegedly replied that the coach he was working with “is on board to help.”

    The Key later helped Flaxman’s son with his application essay, which boasted of “purported” volunteer work as the manager of an elite youth athletic team, according to the affidavit.

    After the son was admitted in March 2016, a KWF employee emailed Flaxman an invoice for $250,000. A few weeks later another email went out: “Hi Bob, We have some obligations that we must meet. When can we count on your payment?”

    Flaxman’s company ultimately wired the funds in two installments, according to the affidavit.

    Around the same time, KWF issued a $100,000 payment to Martin Fox, a Houston tennis academy operator, who advised that he in turn paid the unnamed USD coach for facilitating the boy’s admission, the affidavit states.

    Even though the boy was recruited for the university’s team, he didn’t play the sport, according to the indictment.

    Singer also allegedly helped Flaxman’s daughter get a higher score on her ACT test, for a $75,000 payment. According to the affidavit, the girl went to Houston to take the test. It was administered by a Florida private school official, who assisted with the answers. The daughter was being recruited by the USD coach to manage the coach’s team, according to the indictment.

    “Although the student ultimately decided not to attend USD, Singer paid the USD coach $10,000 for his help in securing her admission,” the indictment states.

    Once Singer began cooperating with federal investigators, he made a recorded phone call to Flaxman to discuss the bribes.

    “OK, so our — so our books show there was a $250,000 payment for (your son’s) side door into USD, through (the USD varsity coach),” Singer stated.

    Flaxman replied, “Yeah.”

    Singer then referenced the $75,000 payment, adding, “We’ll say that the payments were made to our foundation to help kids — underserved kids.”

    The transcript says Flaxman said, “OK, that’s fine.”

    A call to Flaxman’s answering service was not returned Tuesday. The person who answered the phone told the Union-Tribune “not to expect a response today.”

    Kimmel, whose family owned KFMB stations until selling them to TEGNA Inc. last year, was charged on accusations of funneling $475,000 to The Key’s charitable foundation to get her daughter into Georgetown as a purported tennis recruit and her son to USC as a track recruit.

    According to court documents, Kimmel’s daughter’s application claimed she played Southern California Junior Tennis throughout high school and was a “ranked player.” Authorities say there is no record of her playing in the program.

    The daughter graduated from Georgetown in 2017, but never played tennis there.

    The records further say the Kimmel’s son falsely claimed to be an elite high school pole vaulter when he applied for admission to USC. The application included a photo claiming to be of the son that was actually another person, the affidavit states.

    Kimmel could not be reached for comment. It was unclear if she was in federal custody Tuesday.

    Macfarlane is accused of paying $400,000 to get his daughter and son into USC as athletic recruits.

    In 2013, Singer allegedly emailed Macfarlane’s daughter’s high school transcript and SAT scores to Ali Khosroshahin, USC’s former head coach of women’s soccer, and Laura Janke, USC’s former assistant coach, who both ran a private soccer club.

    Two weeks later, the soccer club got a $50,000 payment from The Keys’ foundation.

    Janke later requested a profile on Macfarlane’s daughter because the deadline to present her as a prospective student to the USC subcommittee on athletic admissions was fast approaching.

    The profile that was sent included a photo of the daughter playing soccer, which had been sent by Macfarlane’s wife, according to the affidavit.

    The daughter’s application to USC indicated she was a “US Club Soccer All American” from sophomore to senior year.

    Singer also sent Macfarlane and his daughter a draft essay for her application packet, which stated: “On the soccer or lacrosse field I am the one who looks like a boy amongst girls with my hair tied up, arms sleeveless, and blood and bruises from head to toe. My parents have a hard time attending my soccer matches because our opponent’s parents are always making rude remarks about that number 8 player who plays without a care for her body or anyone else’s on the field. It is true that I can be a bit intense out there on the field.”

    The girl was admitted the following spring — which brought up the issue of payment.

    Macfarlane issued a $200,000 check to The Key with “Real Estate Consulting & Analysis” in the memo line, court records say.

    Ten days later, The Key issued a $100,000 payment to the private soccer club controlled by the former USC coaches.

    Some confusion erupted in the summer of 2014 when a USC athletics academic counselor emailed Macfarlane’s daughter advising her to change her fall class schedule to accommodate for travel or games on Fridays. Copied on the email was USC’s new head soccer coach.

    read more ........ https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/education/sd-me-cheating-scandal-20190312-story.html
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  14. Olenna

    Olenna Chief Justice of the Forum on Checks & Balances

    Jeez. Laughlin charges are incredibly serious. She could do real time! And what an absurd con she fell for. $550,000 she paid. That's more than 8 years of Ivy league tuition at 100% full rates. Well... she didn't go to college herself. So maybe Aunt Becky just can't do math?

    Even more inexcusable than Laughlin & her DG (neither ever attended college, so it makes a tiny bit of sense that they'd reach out, try to get help with the admissions process and get totally conned): There are a number of high-powered CEOs and Law Firm Partners joining the ranks of arrested parents here.

    Seriously. Lawyers! THEY KNOW BETTER.
    (Can't help feeling the book thrown at them should be twice as heavy as the one thrown at dopey Aunt Becky.)

    This is a long list of moneyed parents making ridiculously unnecessary mistakes over the stress and heartache of college admissions.

    If your kid's immature and not competitive for the IVY's (and you're rich) just send them to Prep school. Or a community college to improve their grades and SAT test scores...

    Also, your kids can't ace their own SAT's and are not academically/intellectually competitive for these schools, why insist on set them up for even more failure once they cheated their way in to that competitive environment? :doh:
    Who were they gonna pay to take the kids' exams at college? :nono:

    My brain hurts with all the stupid in this whole thang. :screaming:
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  15. TripleA

    TripleA Zoo Keeper

    No one will suffer any consequences for this. They will pay their way out and go back to their lives.
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  16. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    I heard that the colleges are going to take actions. It'll be interesting to see if they follow through.

    IF the student hasn't started school yet, they will NOT be admitted.
    They're going to review their grades. I guess if they're not what they should be, they'll probably be expelled.
    They already said if the child didn't know about it, they won't be dismissed. I'm assuming if none of the other categories fit.
    Springer helped 750 families get their kids in school.
    Wonder if we're going to be hearing any names added?

    Time will tell.
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  17. Dobrev

    Dobrev Former Member

    it will be hard to prove that the kids didn't know about it, if that is what they try to say.
    i'm less shocked that it happened, just more shocked that authorities are going after them about it.
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  18. Dobrev

    Dobrev Former Member

    IKR?! i can just imagine Lynette doing this same thing to get Porter and Preston into some prestigious school :giggle:
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  19. Olenna

    Olenna Chief Justice of the Forum on Checks & Balances

    I don't like pickin on the kids.

    Loughlin's case is getting lots of press. It's pretty clear this is a Mama-Loughlin problem. Her kid was NOT the least bit interested in scholarship, and mama Loughlin was just not havin' it.

    It seems, lil' Loughlin, at 14, became a paid "you-tube influencer" with a Sephora contract. That's pretty industrious for a 14 year old. She could have got into USC on that cred alone. (Assuming she'd buckle down and study for her SATs and wrote a decent essay). Even if Mama helped her make Sephora connections.

    But... per reports (and per lil' Loughlin's own social media), lil' Loughlin DID NOT WANT TO GO TO COLLEGE and DID NOT LIKE SCHOOL.

    Mama Loughlin did not go to college, neither did Daddy Loughlin, and they were convinced it would be a terrible mistake for their girls to do the same.

    well... it appears the rest (and the arrest) is history ...


    I guess we all can think back and remember examples of THAT parent who lived vicariously through their kids. I know I can think of more than one. Thank goodness (for their kids) that none of them had 40 million dollars to spend living vicariously.
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  20. Olenna

    Olenna Chief Justice of the Forum on Checks & Balances

    I'm hoping ... the scammers, the coaches, the fake test-takers ... THEY will be suffering real consequences, methinks.

    The families and kids ... maybe not so much ... other than embarrassment.

    Although, I have read that the CEO's and attorney parents involved in this scam for their kid's elite college entry already appear to be all losing their jobs ... albeit jobs where unimpeachable ethics are de rigour.

    I guess we wait and see if this affects the actors' careers.
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