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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. Olenna

    Olenna Chief Justice of the Forum on Checks & Balances

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  2. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    AS for the When Calls The Heart series, they'll somehow write her out of the script and replace her space with a new character. They had to do that last year when the male star of the show didn't renew his contract and he went back to Australia. They can't show the program this week because it's already done and she's in the show. That probably means they'll have to scrap the rest of this season. :(

    The Garge Sale Mysteries she was the main female character so they'll probably just have to film a new series. Well, to be honest, their shows are pretty repetitious, kwim? So they may already have something "in the can," LOL.

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  3. Dobrev

    Dobrev Former Member

    I was just thinking how this will affect those who were working with Lori.
    Not entirely fair.
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  4. Olenna

    Olenna Chief Justice of the Forum on Checks & Balances

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  5. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    People are getting ridiculous. LOL.
    Now THAT is a frivilous lawsuit.
    As for the other, IF the people or their kids who are involved in the suit are in college presently or have already gone to college, they should just forgetaboutit.
    They're lucky they even got into college. They should also be happy with the school they attended.
    Believe me, people are NOT going to place the weight of those schools up to where it once was.

    A degree is what you make of it after you're out of college.

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  6. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    It seems that Lori and her daughter are getting the brunt of the publicity over this. It's never ending

    EXCLUSIVE: 'We have to film it again -with Olivia as the winner.' Lori Loughlin's daughter is caught in ANOTHER cheating scandal after claims a TV game show was rigged in her favor and the winning teen stripped of $5K prize
    • Lifestyle vlogger Olivia Jade Giannulli, 19, daughter of Lori Loughlin, took on fellow influencer Marissa Rachel and singer Rydel Lynch in a 2016 episode of Tap That Awesome App
    • Marissa Rachel was declared the winner in front of a live audience
    • But studio execs mysteriously stepped in and ordered producers to re-shoot
    • When the trivia contest resumed Rydel and a 'visibly upset' Marissa were allegedly under orders not to buzz in with the correct answers,
    • Giannulli took home first prize, a $5,000 donation to a charity of her choice
    • When executives re-shot the final questions they asked Rachel to repeat an incorrect answer while cutting out the questions she answered correctly
    • 'What happened just didn’t seem right to me,’ Rachel told DailyMail.com
    • The puzzling episode emerged just days after Jade's parents, Full House star Loughlin and the designer Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of paying $500,000 to get her and her sister Isabella into USC

    • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...-cheating-scandal-alleged-rigged-contest.html

    Lori Loughlin used to be 'a competitive parent who liked to show off' but now she has 'lost a lot of friends' after crushing college scandal

      • 'They loved to talk about how amazing their daughters are,' a source has said
      • It was added, 'They are very competitive parents and they like to show off'
      • And now that they have been shamed, they are losing pals
      • The couple have been photographed over the years with Brooke Shields, Tom Hanks, John Travolta, Lisa Rinna and Eva Longoria
      • But it is not known how close they are with other celebrities

    College co-fled: Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade skipped her first week of classes at USC and flew to Fiji while gloating about her island vacation

      • Olivia Giannulli, 19, flew to Fiji for a press trip with other social media influencers instead of attending her first week of college
      • She made no secret of the trip, posting photos daily to her Instagram account and later uploading a YouTube video from the trip
      • Olivia moved in August 16 and then flew to Fiji until August 25, while classes began at the school on August 20
      • She gained admittance to the University of Southern California after her parents allegedly claimed she was a rower and paid a $250,000 bribe
      • The teenager, whose earnings appear to have been in the high six-figure range last year, has been dropped by partners Sephora and TRESemmé
      • She also decided to put a halt on her college education and has dropped out of USC for the time being while her parents face jail time

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  7. Dobrev

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  9. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Felicity Huffman holds tight to William H Macy while couple returns to court ahead of trial with actress facing five years in prison for college cheating scandal
    • Felicity Huffman and her husband William H Macy held hands as they walked into the federal courthouse in Los Angeles on Friday
    • The couple were not accompanied by their lawyer and appeared to be there to review Huffman's bail conditions or for a closed 10am hearing
    • Macy has yet to be indicted in the case dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, but court documents allege he was aware of his wife's plot
    • Huffman had allegedly facilitated where and when her older daughter would be taking an SAT that would then be falsified
    • Huffman also agreed to and sent a $15,000 wire payment to a charity to pay off the proctor after this, according to court documents
    • Macy was involved in the younger daughter's test who did not need the help in the end, making it hard to substantiate a mail fraud charge

    William H Macy and Felicity Huffman were seen heading back to federal court on Friday, three days after the pair found themselves embroiled in Operation Varsity Blues.

    The Oscar-nominated couple were not accompanied by their attorney as they headed into the courthouse, three days after Huffman was indicted on a single charge of mail fraud in Operation Varsity Blues.

    It seemed that the two were likely checking in on the conditions of Huffman's bond, with the court not showing any appearance for either, although there was a 10am hearing that was closed to the public.

    Macy was not indicted in the college admission scheme, but he could still find himself in hot water with prosecutors since he was aware of the plan according to phone conversations detailed in the complaint.

    A civil action: Macy has yet to be indicted in the case dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, but court
    documents allege he was aware of his wife's plot

    Federal documents show that while Huffman worked alone to iron out the details when the couple's first daughter had her SAT changed by a proctor to improve her score, Macy was aware of the situation and the payment came from the couple's joint account.

    He in turn took a more active role in organizing the younger daughter's fradulent SAT, agreeing to the money and a set place and time much like his wife had done one year prior with their other child.

    In that case however, the couple's daughter achieved the results she had hoped for on her own and the mastermind behind the operation was informed that she would not be needing to submit a fraudulent score.

    This does not mean Macy will not be charged down the line in the case.

    That would explain why Macy was not identified by name in court documents filed Tuesday and instead referred to as Huffman's spouse.

    Huffman paid a $15,000 'charitable contribution 'to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter,' states the complaint.

    'Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so,' according to the documents.

    The charging documents state that Huffman had the site where he daughter took the SATs moved from her own high school to a test center West Hollywood.

    read more ....... https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...-H-Macy-couple-returns-court-ahead-trial.html
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  10. Olenna

    Olenna Chief Justice of the Forum on Checks & Balances

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  11. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Loughlin lost everything. I hope she thought it was worth it.
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  12. Olenna

    Olenna Chief Justice of the Forum on Checks & Balances

    Worse yet, she lost her daughters' everything.
    Stunning retribution for a stunningly ignorant stunt.

    No mercy, Aunt Becky. No mercy.
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  13. Dobrev

    Dobrev Former Member

    sad that these people think they are above the law.
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  14. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    First Move
    Latham Represents Loughlin; Willkie Farr’s Caplan on Leave
    Posted March 14, 2019, 4:27 AM

    Latham & Watkins attorney Perry J. Viscounty is representing actress Lori Loughlin in the college admission bribery scandal, while Willkie Farr placed co-chair Gordon Caplan on leave over his alleged involvement.

    • Wide Ranging Scandal: Loughlin, Caplan and dozens of others have been implicated by the Justice Department in a criminal conspiracy to bribe college admissions officials to gain entrance for their children to top universities.

    • A ‘Personal’ Matter: Willkie said in a statement that the matter was personal and...

    link for ...................... Wilkie statement of college admissions matter ..................
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  15. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman Hire Big Law Defenders in College Fraud Case
    Big Law defenders from Latham & Watkins and Foley Hoag are getting the work representing Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, respectively, in the college admissions fraud case in Boston.

    Two Hollywood stars caught up in a national admissions scandal have turned to Big Law defenders at Latham & Watkins and Foley Hoag, according to new court documents filed Monday in Massachusetts.

    Felicity Huffman has hired Martin Murphy of Foley Hoag, while Lori Loughlin has picked upa team from Latham & Watkins that includes William Trach, Sean Berkowitz and Perry Viscounty. The two actresses were among the celebrities and business leaders charged with taking part in an elaborate scheme that included paying bribes to coaches and test proctors, along with faking exam scores and falsifying student biographies, all in the name of getting their children into top colleges and universities.

    Trach and Martin, who are both based in Boston, did not return messages seeking comment.

    Loughlin and Huffman have initial court appearances set for noon on March 29 in Boston federal district court before Magistrate Judge M. Page Kelley.

    Additionally, another prominent defendant, Gordon Caplan, a top dealmaker at Willkie Farr & Gallagher, is also set to appear March 29, the court said Monday. Patrick Smith, a founding partner of New York’s Smith Villazor LLP is an attorney for Caplan, who has been placed on leave from Willkie, where he was co-chair of the firm.

    On Monday afternoon, Ropes & Gray partner Joshua Levy in Boston, co-chair of the firm’s global litigation and enforcement practice, entered an appearance representing Caplan. Additionally, Ropes & Gray partner Michael McGovern, co-chair of the firm’s government enforcement practice, is on the team representing Caplan.

    Berkowitz, the Chicago-based global co-chair of Latham’s complex commercial litigation practice, previously headed the Justice Department’s Enron task force and oversaw the joint trial of its former CEOs, Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, who were convicted in 2006 on fraud and conspiracy charges stemming from the company’s downfall.

    read more .......... https://www.law.com/nationallawjour...n-college-fraud-case/?slreturn=20190218174501
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  16. fran

    fran Administrator Staff Member

    UCLA student had no business playing for top soccer program: report

    A UCLA student whose parents are wrapped up in a nationwide college admissions scandal involving dozens of parents and prominent universities was listed on the university's 2017 women’s soccer team that finished as runner-up to the national champions -- even though she reportedly lacked playing experience.

    Lauren Isackson’s 2017 roster profile showed she made the honorable mention team in the West Bay Athletic League in 2014, but prosecutors alleged she never played competitive soccer prior to joining the Bruins, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.


    Isackson was part of a recruiting class that was touted by experts as the second-best in the nation, the newspaper reported. Her teammates included Hailie Mace, who went on to make the U.S. national team, and Anika Rodriguez, who was second on the team in points and goals, and Ashley Sanchez, who had participated in U.S. National team camps before joining the Bruins in 2017.

    There were no statistics listed for Isackson for the 2017 season despite being listed as a midfielder. Prosecutors said Isackson had no competitive soccer experience before going to UCLA, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    “Some team members are on the roster for the purposes of preparing the team for competition, and may not play in games,” UCLA Tod Tamberg told the newspaper Monday, adding that Isackson was no longer on the soccer team, but was still a student at UCLA.

    Bruce Isackson and his wife Davina allegedly began conspiring with William “Rick” Singer, who pleaded guilty to several charges of racketeering and money laundering last week, in 2015. Isackson’s fake athletic profile was sent to UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo, according to the newspaper. Salcedo then reportedly passed the teen’s test scores and transcripts to an unnamed coach on the women’s team.

    The Isacksons allegedly gave Singer more than 2,100 Facebook stock shares in the form of donations to the Key Worldwide Foundation, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing an affidavit. Singer reportedly used the charity to pay Salcedo and Ali Khosroshahin, a former USC coach who allegedly passed Isackson’s profile to Salcedo.

    Salcedo was the only person from UCLA indicted in the scheme and was placed on leave. The scandal has swept up other high-profile individuals, including Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

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  17. fran

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    USC student recalls how 'slimy salesman' behind the college bribery scheme cold-called her family and claimed he could get her into Stanford as a basketball recruit when she had never played the sport
    • The unnamed student said Rick Singer called her mother when she was applying to college
    • He said he could get her into Stanford by claiming she was a basketball star
    • The girl's mother told Singer that she never played but he said it would not be a problem
    • The student says they chose not to use his service and instead she got into USC on her own merit
    • Singer is facing 65 years behind bars for bribing college coaches and test administrators to let him cheat
    • Among others indicted are Hollywood stars Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman
    A USC student has recalled how Rick Singer, the mastermind of the college bribery scheme, contacted her mother out of the blue to try to convince her to pay her way into Stanford by lying about her being a top athlete.

    The student spoke to CBS This Morning on the condition of anonymity on Thursday.

    She insists that she never used Singer's help and got into college on her own merit but described the 'slimy salesman' tactics he used to try to get her family to hire him when she was applying to schools.

    'I look back now and I think of him as just this slimy salesman who probably pitched the same thing to every naive parent and kid,' she said.

    read more ......... https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...ollege-bribery-scheme-cold-called-family.html
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  18. fran

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    Sonja Morgan Shares the Advice She's Giving to Her Daughter, 18, amid College Admissions Scandal

    Sonja Morgan is using the college admissions scandal as a teachable moment for her 18-year-old daughter, Quincy Morgan.

    The Real Housewives of New York City star’s only child is currently in the process of applying for college, and Morgan is passing on a few pieces of valuable wisdom in the the wake of the scandal.

    “It’s really a disservice to the child, because you know, having someone else take an exam for them, or to say that they’re very good at a sport, puts them in a tough situation when they get misplaced at the wrong school. … It’s gonna be a challenge for them if they’re placed at the wrong school,” Morgan, 55, tells PEOPLE.

    Morgan believes that as students apply for higher education, they should be prioritizing their happiness above how revered a college or university’s name may be.

    “They have to test for themselves, to be placed where they’re gonna be happy. Most important is that they’re happy at school. And that they can thrive, being happy who they are — not where they are and the name of the school. So, that’s why testing exists, because they get into the school they belong in,” says Morgan, who is partnering with CoolSculpting.

    And that’s the same advice she’s telling Quincy, who is currently interviewing and applying for college — without her mother’s monetary interference.

    read more .......... https://people.com/tv/sonja-morgan-college-admissions-scandal-advice-daughter/
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    He’s getting into college without the help of wealth and privilege — and it’s hard work

    On the mantel in a South Los Angeles home, the lovingly arranged keepsakes reflect a family’s pride.

    Damion Lester Jr. smiles broadly in his senior class portrait, decked out in the blue cap and gown of nearby George Washington Preparatory High School. His certificate of high honors for his A grades is nestled near his football awards and homecoming king crown.

    The achievements have impressed colleges, and the first offers of admission have come in: UC Davis and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas so far, with word from his top choices, UCLA and USC, still to come.

    Damion, 18, is getting into college without the advantages of privilege or wealth.

    His daily reality is worlds away from those described in the college admissions scandal, in which wealthy parents allegedly paid to fake and bribe their children’s way into top universities.

    Damion lives with his grandparents near Watts in Vermont Vista, which ranks third in violent crime among more than 200 L.A. neighborhoods mapped by The Times. The median household income in the predominantly black and Latino neighborhood is $31,000. Only 6% of adults have four-year college degrees.

    The high school student aims to beat those odds. He will graduate as class valedictorian in June. And if he can scrape together enough financial aid, he will be the first in his family to attend college.

    Damion’s grandfather joined the military after high school and now works as a janitor. His grandmother got pregnant as a teen and dropped out of school. His father got tangled up with gangs and spent six years in prison, Damion said, while his mother also had troubles with the law. They lost custody of their son when he was 3 years old.

    Under his grandmother’s watchful eye, Damion managed to avoid the gangs, dodge the street shootings and steer clear of drugs. For him, college is not about parties and game days, as one rich USC student caught in the scandal said in a video. It’s a way out of neighborhood poverty and crime.

    “I know my job is to do well in school so I can have better options for myself,” Damion said. “Not being on government assistance … being able to move up.”

    On a recent day, Damion arrived at school just before 8 a.m. to make the morning announcements as student body president, walking past lockers and halls painted in Washington Prep’s patriotic red, white and blue. He gave fist bumps and hugs to his classmates, who voted him class president four years in a row.

    Alexina Coleman, a senior, said Damion was one of the first to befriend her when she transferred to the school last year.

    “No one has a bad thing to say about Damion,” she said.

    On this day, Damion had his usual full academic schedule — creative writing, AP government and AP English literature — and seemed not to waste a minute. He spent some time on the yearbook, where he is designing pages. One photo shows the school’s top 10 scholars. Damion, who cut his dreadlocks and pierced his ears a few months ago to change things up, is the only African American among them.

    “Just because of my race doesn’t mean I can’t achieve,” he said, sizing photos and tweaking colors and fonts.

    For his leadership class, he strode through campus to pin down logistics for an upcoming celebration of school athletes and collect money for a fundraising campaign for cancer research.

    In one classroom, he shook a donation box and flashed his charismatic smile. “Anybody? Ah, there we go,” he said, as students pulled out coins.

    Principal Dechele Byrd and her staff have worked hard to build a college-going culture. But it’s hard, she said, to keep up with the more affluent.

    At private Harvard-Westlake School, for instance, nine deans work with about 900 students from sophomore through senior year to help them with academic and college counseling. Three-quarters of the 210 full-time faculty have master’s or doctoral degrees, according to the current school profile.

    The Studio City school offers 28 AP courses and spring college tours for juniors. Last year, students won admission to Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, UC Berkeley, USC.

    read more ........ https://www.latimes.com/local/educa...e-cheating-scandal-damion-20190322-story.html
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  20. fran

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    Stanford kicks out student linked to largest-ever college admissions scandal

    A Stanford University student linked to the wide-ranging admissions scandal involving elite schools across the nation has been kicked out of the school.

    Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Persis Drell said in a statement quietly amended last week that three applicants were linked to former head sailing coach John Vandemoer, who pleaded guilty and was fired last month for accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for falsifying recommendations for admission.

    Two of the prospective students did not gain admittance to the prestigious university.

    "We have completed our review of the third student," the updated statement said. "We determined that some of the material in the student’s application is false and, in accordance with our policies, have rescinded admission."

    Any collegiate credits earned toward a degree have been "vacated," the statement said, and the student is no longer on Stanford’s campus.

    The student's family was not named in the federal charges, received no formal recommendation from the head sailing coach and was not involved with the program, the statement said. However, some of the money paid to the coach was linked to the student, the statement said.

    The federal investigation resulted in charges against 50 people involving admissions to schools across the nation. Rick Singer, the alleged mastermind of the scheme, has pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy.

    Yale's longtime former soccer coach and the former head tennis coach at the University of Texas are among coaches who have pleaded guilty or agreed to plead guilty in the scheme.

    Former "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman was among 13 parents who agreed to plead guilty to bribery and other forms of fraud to get their kids into elite colleges and universities, federal authorities announced Monday. Huffman, 56, of Los Angeles agreed to pay Singer at least $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme aimed at obtaining admission for her oldest daughter at Georgetown University, prosecutors said.

    Huffman issued a statement apologizing for her behavior.

    Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are among about two dozen other parents who were not on the list of those who negotiated plea agreements with the U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston, which oversees the investigation.

    Prosecutors say Loughlin and 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.”

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