How the massive college admissions cheating scandal that ensnared Hollywood actresses and sports coaches worked, according to investigators
On Tuesday, Andrew Lelling, the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, announced charges against nearly 50 people in connection to a nationwide college admissions scam.
Lelling said the 33 parents caught up in the fraud paid William Singer to help their kids get into elite schools, by helping them cheat on entrance exams or getting them recruited as athletes.
The process involved bribing exam administrators and college coaches, according to the charging documents.
Nearly 50 people were implicated in a nationwide college admissions scam on Tuesday, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.
At a morning press conference, the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling explained how the scheme worked. The Department of Justice also released charging documents with further details.
Lelling said wealthy parents paid college admissions consultant William Singer large sums to help their children get into elite universities like Georgetown, Yale, and Stanford, by helping them cheat on the ACT or SAT and/or bribing a coach to recruit them as an athlete.
Singer is a cooperating witness in the probe and is pleading guilty.
Cheating on college entrance exams
Lelling said Singer would pay someone, typically Mark Riddell, to either take the exam for students, or change their answers afterward to get a sufficiently high score.
According to an affidavit unsealed on Tuesday, parents were first instructed to take their child to a therapist and get a letter allowing them extra time to take the SAT or ACT based on a learning disability or some other issue. These the affidavit said.
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Source:: Business Insider