Meet the alleged ringleader of the massive college admissions scandal, William Rick Singer, the owner of Edge College & Career Network
William “Rick” Singer was the alleged ringleader of a massive college admissions scandal unveiled Tuesday.
He allegedly paid off college coaches, administrators, and standardized test proctors to get kids into elite universities.
Singer appears to have a long history in the college admissions business.
He pleaded guilty to charges in Boston on Tuesday afternoon.
William “Rick” Singer, 58, was the founder of Edge College & Career Network, LLC and CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation — the companies at the center of the 2019 college admissions scandal that resulted in the prosecution of 33 parents, including celebrity Felicity Huffman, and 13 college coaches and other business associates.
Singer was the alleged mastermind of a scheme that brought in millions of dollars by allegedly creating fraudulent college applications for potential college students by fudging test scores, creating fake identities, and literally photoshopping kids’ faces onto athletes body’s to portray them as having athletic abilities they may not actually have.
Here’s what we know about Singer and his businesses.
In 1992, Singer reportedly started his first counseling business Future Stars College & Career Counseling.
Following his experience with coaching, Singer reportedly started his first college counseling business, Future Stars College & Career Counseling, in Sacramento, California in 1992.
Singer reportedly sold the business to Scott Hamilton, who still runs it according to its website, and left to work for The Money Store, where he worked in recruitment and training.
In 2004, Singer reportedly started The CollegeSource with private investment money, and board backing from an impressive higher education network, including “the president emeritus of Stanford and the director of the Carnegie Foundation.”
Ted Mitchell, the president of Occidental College at the time, told The Sacramento Business Journal that “Rick has an encyclopedic knowledge of colleges and universities in America.”
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Source:: Business Insider