The non-profit at the center of the college admissions scandal said it made real donations to help ‘disadvantaged youth’. These charities say that’s a lie.
The Key Worldwide Foundation, the organization at the center of the massive college admissions scandal made public Tuesday, claimed that it made real donations or had partnerships with actual non-profits and charities.
Multiple groups listed on the foundation’s website have denied this, and told INSIDER they have no record of donations from the foundation or its creator, William “Rick” Singer.
One group on the foundation’s website doesn’t appear to exist.
IRS filings show that the foundation says that it mostly gave to college athletics programs, in line with Department of Justice charges that the non-profit was primarily used as a way to funnel money for the college admissions scam.
Singer is pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice.
When wealthy parents turned to William “Rick” Singer to get their children into elite colleges, prosecutors say some sent him bribes disguised as charity donations through his non-profit, The Key Worldwide Foundation.
“Your generosity will allow us to move forward with our plans to provide educational and self-enrichment programs to disadvantaged youth,” read a letter parents received from the The Key Worldwide Foundation after they sent the money, according to the Department of Justice.
Then, prosecutors allege, parents deducted those “donations” from their taxes.
But the non-profit’s funds actually went to bribe coaches at elite schools, and to rig students’ test scores, according to federal investigators. And multiple non-profits and charities that the foundation said it donated to are now disputing those claims, saying they never partnered with Singer or The Key.
The Department of Justice revealed the massive college admissions scheme on Tuesday, and charged 50 parents, coaches and other associates of Singer with racketeering or mail fraud.
Singer is pleading guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money …read more
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