In news that will likely shock no one, some wealthy parents have been using their money to game the college admission process.
The FBI has charged around 50 people in connection with one of the biggest college admission scams ever prosecuted. This all started when the FBI caught the ring-leader of the scam, William Singer, and convinced him to flip on his former clients.
The scam worked like this:
Parents would pay Singer to get their children into prestigious colleges. The main way Singer would follow through on his end was by falsifying test scores either by having someone take the test for them or having the wrong answers changed afterward. The second way was by posing the applicants as student-athlete recruits and bribing coaches to use recruitment spots for students who were never actually going to play a varsity sport.
Some of the schools involved were Yale, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Stanford, Texas, and UCLA. According to the FBI, most of the schools and students were unaware of the fraud.
Over the decade long scheme, Singer’s clients paid him around $25 million in total.
As you might expect, there were some high-profile names fingered in the investigation including Lori Loughlin of Fuller House, and Felicity Huffman of Desperate Housewives.
Coincidently, this isn’t the first time we have heard about Lori Loughlin’s daughter in regards to school. She once had to apologize for saying in her YouTube vlog “I do want the experience of like game days, partying.…I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.” This was after she implied, that she might not even attend that much. A video which is sure to get more attention now that the public is aware of how she actually gained entry into the USC in the first place.
As of yet, there is no word on whether or not the students will be allowed to remain at the schools they fraudulently gained entry.