Local Students, Parents React To College Admissions Bribery Scandal

Bill Mc Glashan founding partner of TPG Growth

A company named the Edge College and Career Network acted as a conduit for parents to bribe to test administrators or school sports coaches, who would assist their children in gaining undeserved admission to prestigious universities, including Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, the University of Texas and University of Southern California (USC) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

One source with knowledge of the investigation stressed that officials are not at this point accusing the schools of wrongdoing but rather seeking information about student performance and other details. "The university and its athletics programs have the highest expectations of integrity and ethical conduct".

That celebrities were among the accused parents - actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman headline the list - created much buzz, but other parents charged included people prominent in law, finance, fashion, manufacturing and other fields - people who could afford the steep price.

"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.

The scam, which started in 2011, saw a total of United States dollars 25 million paid as bribe.

The ACT and SAT are both standardised tests used for college admissions in the US. While administrators of college entrance exams are implicated, no students or universities were charged.

McGlashan's conversations with a cooperating witness were captured via wiretap, in which the CEO allegedly discussed making a fake athletic profile for his son, so that he could be admitted to the University of Southern California as a recruited athlete.

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.

Singer agreed to plead guilty to fraud charges and assisted investigators in obtaining evidence against his customers and co-conspirators.

The indictment was the largest concerning fraud in the college application process, according to Andrew Lelling, a US attorney in Boston who helped prosecute the case. "There can be no separate college-admission system for the wealthy, and I'll add there will not be a separate criminal-justice system either".

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.

Some attempted to ply the sport and then quit; some claimed injuries and never joined the teams, others, Lelling said, "simply never showed up" to play.

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