Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Among Parents Involved In Nationwide College Cheating Scandal
Written by KFAT on March 12, 2019
Fourth Estate Staff
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Several Hollywood actors and CEOs are being named as among the many that benefited in the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal wherein parents paid millions of dollars to get their children into top universities in the country.
According to court documents, the scam that students are guaranteed a spot in elite colleges such as Yale, Stanford, UCLA, Georgetown, University of Southern California, and the University of Texas for a hefty price of $6.5 million. Actors Lori Loughlin and Felcitiy Huffman were identified as two of the wealthy individuals that paid to get their children these schools.
William Rick Singer spearheaded the scam which operated under a charity organization named Key Worldwide Foundation. Through the said charity Singer had received a total of $25 million as payment for the admissions. In a news conference on Tuesday, Singer pleaded guilty to the charge of racketeering, Fox News reports.
As part of the scheme, an individual takes the SAT or ACT tests in behalf of the client’s child. Each test costs $75,000 and payment for such is wired to the “charitable accounts” managed by Singer.
“Singer used the purported charitable donations from parents, at least in part, to bribe two SAT and ACT test administrators,” court documents reveal.
Aside from test administrators, college athletic coaches are also involved in the controversy. Rudy Meredith, former head coach of the women’s soccer team at Yale, and John Vandemoer, sailing coach at Stanford University, were among the school officials that participated in the scam. For his involvement and after the student was admitted, Meredith allegedly received $400,000 from Singer.
As for Huffman’s case, she and her husband allegedly secured a spot for their daughter’s college admission by making a “purported charitable contribution of $15,000,” ABC News reports.
Loughlin, on the other hand, paid $500,000 to have her two daughters get into USC as members of the school’s crew team. Both students, however, did not participate in the crew.
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