Georgetown Parents, Former Coach Face Bribery Charges in Admissions Cases

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Some of the payouts went to coaches and administrators to falsely make their children look like star athletes, and Singer also hired ringers to take college entrance exams for students and paid off insiders at testing centers to correct students' answers, authorities said. "However, we will be undertaking an internal review to confirm that". "Integrity in admissions is vital to the academic and ethical standards of our university".

Prosecutors filed charges against 33 parents Tuesday, including "Fuller House" actress Lori Loughlin and "Desperate Housewives" veteran Felicity Huffman.

A newly unsealed federal indictment offers a glimpse into the world of money and influence, and shows how an investigation dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues" entangled a Stanford University coach and several Silicon Valley parents among dozens more of their monied counterparts throughout the U.S.

"It's hard for a lot of families to pay for college, let alone to be dropping thousands of dollars on top of that just to get their kids in", Haefner said. "Based on the Department of Justice investigation to date, we have no evidence that the alleged conduct involves anyone else at Stanford or is associated with any other team".

"What is going to happen when they see his application, he'll be flagged as an athlete", Singer told him in a phone conversation recorded by investigators.

Court documents say an admissions consulting company in California was paid $25 million from 2011 through February 2019 to help facilitate the bribes.

The ACT and SAT are both standardised tests used for college admissions in the US.

Actor Felicity Huffman departs an initial hearing for defendants in a racketeering case involving the allegedly fraudulent admission of children to elite universities, at the U.S. federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles.

According to Lelling, Singer has agreed to plead guilty to the charges and is cooperating with federal prosecutors on the case.

The plan was to have a professional test taker take over for the Clinton donor's daughter while she took an untimed exam, allowing the professional to obtain the appropriate scores necessary for getting into the college she desired.

"These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege", said Andrew Lelling, the USA attorney in Boston, Massachusetts where the case was announced. None of the four accepted students played tennis competitively in high school.

The Henriquezes reportedly tried to get their daughter into Georgetown University by passing her off as some kind of top-ranking tennis champ when reality proved otherwise.

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