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Nearly 50 people have been charged in a massive college entrance exam cheating and bribery plot, according the Federal Bureau of Investigations, including a number of high-profile CEOs, and Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

NBC News reports that the bust, code-named “Operation Varsity Blues,” netted parents, school administrators, coaches at both the high school and college levels, and standardized test administrators, who engaged in the practices of “getting students admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes, regardless of their athletic abilities, and helping potential students cheat on their college exams.”

In all, 33 parents — including Loughlin and Huffman — allegedly paid a collective sum of $25 million to a college admissions counselor named William Singer, according to ABC News, who then “bribed college officials, coaches and college entrance exam administrators, who then helped students secure admissions ‘not on their merits but through fraud.'”

The FBI contends that Singer’s bribes went to officials at some of the most elite colleges in the country, including Yale, Stanford, UCLA, Georgetown, the University of San Diego, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, and the University of Southern California, and to college entrace exams administrators for both the SAT and ACT.

In one case, ” the head women’s soccer coach at Yale was paid $400,000 to accept a student even though the applicant did not play soccer. The parents of that student had allegedly paid Singer $1.2 million.”

In other cases, Singer allegedly facilitated cheating on college entrace exams, asking parents to pay between $15,000 and $75,000 to have other students take the SATs and ACTs in place of their children. Once he received the money, the FBI contends, Singer allegedly used a professional test taker to either pose as the students, “provid[e] students with answers during the exams.” or “correct[] their answers after they had completed the exams.”

Huffman herself is accused of giving a “purported charitable donation” of $15,000 to Singer in order to get her eldest daughter into an elite college. She and he husband, actor William H. Macy (referred to in the complaint only as “spouse”), also allegedly connected with Singer a second time to begin facilitating college admissions for their younger daughter, but eventually pulled out of the project.

Loughlin is in somewhat deeper, charging documents allege, having “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”

Loughlin’s daughter, YouTube “star” Olivia Jade, made waves last August after graduating from an “elite private school” in Los Angeles, according to Yahoo News, and ageeing to pursue higher education, but with plans to experience “game days” and “partying,” rather than academics because, “I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.” She later apologized for the video.

The two actresses were caught on wiretaps according to the complaint, and “both were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.” They were arrested Tuesday “without incident,” according to ABC.

Neither the students nor the schools themselves have been charged with any wrongdoing, only a handful of administrators whom the FBI says took the bribes directly. In some cases, the FBI’s complaint alleges, the students were completely unaware that they were being afforded special privileges that their parents had paid for.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Dennis j. Rookus

    March 13, 2019 at 11:00 am

    They are in the protected class, no jail time,
    donate to a liberal cause, keep your fake degrees,
    and that’s the end of that!

  2. Linda

    March 13, 2019 at 11:55 am

    And, now pretty much everyone knows their kids are too dumb and lame to pass a college entrance exam. Hmmm, doesn’t speak well of privileged, private school education. Actually, one has to wonder how AOC got into college.

    • Ron

      March 13, 2019 at 3:49 pm

      She, along with most of her ilk, probably rode “Affirmative Action” the whole time as well as into the political arena (Obama). Saw this time and again through college and almost 40 years in industry. And we wonder why we rank so far down the intelligence scale when compared with other countries.

      • Joe

        March 13, 2019 at 4:39 pm

        Totally agree Ron. I also saw this in my almost 40 years in industry. Was denied promotions for the cause of “affirmative action.” I had degrees with very good grades. I had great appraisals. Finally asked my personnel manager what I needed to do to get promoted. His answer was ” you are a white male and you will never be promoted. This is what is called affirmative action. Laws passed by the government. Don’t try suing, you won’t win”
        I will remember that as long as I live. There is no equality. Ask Senator Elizabeth Warren how she played the affirmative action angle. Nothing to do with getting ahead through merit.

  3. Polly

    March 13, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Imagine parents doing this for their dumb kids.What did they teach them?

    • Carol

      March 13, 2019 at 11:56 pm

      Oh something like, “that’s ok sweetie Mommy will take care of everything, you just go have fun”.

  4. MissD

    March 13, 2019 at 4:09 pm

    Hollywood is crumbling right before our eyes .. careers ruined children’s lives ruined families ruined ! Greedy elitist! And THEY think THEY know what’s best for our country ? Move to the back of the bus HOLLYWOOD! God IS in the drivers seat now ! Tighten your seat belts ! Y’all are in for a rough ride !

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