Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Lori Loughlin headline college admissions scam
13 March, 2019, 06:28 | Author: Marlene Myers
Along with the parents, coaches and administrators of college entrance exams were also arrested.
According to the indictment, a USC employee Homayoun H. Zadeh was also involved, but was not a member of the athletic department's staff. Zadeh allegedly "conspired to bribe Heinel to designate his daughter as a lacrosse recruit-despite the fact that she did not play lacrosse competitively-thereby facilitating her admission to USC".
From 2011 to 2018, Lelling said wealthy parents made about $25 million in payments to guarantee their children's admission to elite schools, and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents wiretapped phone calls involving some of the parents and a cooperating witness.
Heinel allegedly submitted the defendant's daughter to a USC subcommittee for athletic admissions in October 2017, and the committee granted approval to admit the student as a basketball recruit.
A former Yale University women's soccer coach, Rudolph "Rudy" Meredith of Madison, Conn.is charged in the case with two counts of wire fraud.
The racketeering conspiracy charges were brought against coaches at schools including Wake Forest, Stanford, Georgetown, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. Ernst was the headcoach of Georgetown's men's and women's tennis teams from 2006 until December 2017, departing the university by January 2018.
One of the schemes involved parents paying William Singer, the founder of a college prep business, $15,000 to $75,000 to have someone take the SAT or ACT for their children.
If you want to get into it, the 200-page charging documents have been unsealed. As a part of his guilty plea, Singer said he would pay at least $3.4 million to the feds, The Boston Globe reports.
Loughlin's husband, Mossimo Giannulli, is also named in the court documents.
University of Southern California said of the alleged scheme: "We are aware of the ongoing wide-ranging criminal investigation involving universities nationwide, including USC". Parents gave donations to Singer's nonprofit foundation to mask the bribery, according to the indictment.
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.
"We are not talking about donating a building that will make it more likely for your child to get accepted, we're talking about deception and fraud", he said.
Instead, William "Rick" Singer - who pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and other charges for orchestrating the cheating ring - would arrange for Riddell to get a copy of the test from a bribed test administrator and then take it on behalf of the student.
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