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College Admissions Scam

Imagine working your whole life to get into a good university, only for your spot to be taken by someone who cheated their way into it. Sadly enough, this really happened. In the biggest scheme of its kind, ringleader William Rick Singer used his company The Key to help secure the kids of wealthy families admittance to top colleges such as UCLA, Stanford, Yale, and Southern California. There are fifty people accused of participating in the crime, including parents, college coaches and officials, two famous actresses, and standardized test proctors. Singer received money directly from parents, who knew exactly what he was doing with it. Most clients paid Singer between $25,000 and $450,000, and some even paid him up to $6 million! The Key was disguised as a college prep business, which, I guess, isn’t that far off. He did get his clients into their desired colleges, just in an illegal and incredibly immoral way. One of the worst parts of this whole thing is that Singer created a fake charity so that nobody would be suspicious as to why he was getting millions of dollars from parents. The money the parents gave to the “charity” actually went directly to Singer. The scam itself is actually pretty simple.

The Scheme

The first part of Singer’s business was to help students cheat on SAT and ACT tests. Obviously colleges are more likely to accept someone with higher test scores. Singer used a third party to secretly take students tests for them, and to do this he also had to bribe test administrators. The second part of the plan included getting fake athletic credentials for students. Singer bribed college coaches into “recruiting” his clients, and giving them a spot on the team. The daughters of famous actress Lori Loughlin, who paid $500,00 to Singer’s “charity”, were recruited by USC’s crew team, even though they had never rowed competitively in their lives. Singer also photoshopped his clients heads to bodies of real student athletes, in order to fake athletic credentials. When the kids got to the school, they would either quit their sport, or fake an injury, as it would have been obvious that they were not the talented recruit they said they were.

The Students Affected

Apparently, many of the students involved had no knowledge of their parents crimes. I find this pretty hard to believe. You would think a kid might be surprised when they got recruited as a tennis player at an elite university, and they hadn’t played tennis a day in their life. Or when test administrators started telling them answers in the middle of a test. Seems a little odd. Whether they knew or not, these kids parents payed their way for them to get into top colleges, which is extremely unfair for the hardworking students whose place they took.

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College Admissions Scam

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