At least 50 people are being charged in the far-reaching, $25 million college admission scandal including attorneys, celebrities and athletic coaches from prestigious universities. This is the largest college admissions scam to have ever been prosecuted by the DOJ. Wealthy parents have attempted to try to fraudulently buy their children’s way into colleges and universities where they would never have been accepted otherwise.
It’s alleged that parents paid millions of dollars between 2011 and 2018 to obtain phony athletic credentials so their children could gain admission. In some of the cases, the children, none of whom are being prosecuted, were presented as having athletic credentials for sports they never even played. Staged pictures of children participating in sports they didn’t play were taken and submitted with their applications. The athletic fraud is only half of the scheme.
William Singer, an employee of a non-profit organization called The Key, allegedly accepted bribes from parents under the guise of charitable donations to help underprivileged children go to college. Others, more competent than the applicants took the admissions tests for these children to ensure their success for acceptance. Accomplishing this involved various roundabout and sophisticated, deceptive plots. One of the schemes was to have the children tested by someone at The Key to discover a learning disability that would give the student extra time for the admissions tests over several days, during which time the proxy would take the tests resulting in the guaranteed, excellent scores paid for by their parents.
Needless to say, many athletic coaches and parents who participated in these fraudulent schemes are losing their jobs and positions of importance, or at least being placed on leave until the matter is adjudicated. Along with the firings, spokespersons from several prestigious universities including Yale, Stanford, The University of Texas at Austin, and Georgetown have made public statements of disappointment in their athletic directors involved to help distance their institutions from the scandal.