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Washington DC and The Holy Land>So, the new College "cheating" scandal.....
Randallflagg 11:51 AM 03-12-2019
Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin among those charged in $25 million nationwide college admissions cheating scam:

Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and a slew of chief executives are among 50 wealthy people charged in the largest college cheating scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, federal officials said Tuesday.

Those indicted in the investigation, dubbed "Varsity Blues," allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud," Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said at a news conference.

"There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy and, I'll add, there will not be a separate criminal justice system either," Lelling said.

Ringleader to plead guilty

According to Lelling, the ringleader of the scam is William Singer, owner of a college counseling service called Key Worldwide Foundation, who accepted bribes totaling $25 million from parents between 2011 and 2018 "to guarantee their children's admission to elite schools."

Singer is expected to plead guilty in a Boston federal court on Tuesday on charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice, Lelling said.

Those charged in the probe include nine coaches at elite schools, two SAT and ACT exam administrators, one exam proctor, a college administrator and 33 parents, including Huffman and Loughlin.

"The parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege," Lelling said. "They include, for example, the CEOs of private and public companies, successful securities and real estate investors, two well-known actresses, a famous fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm."

Also named as defendants in the indictment are Robert Zangrillo, founder and CEO of the private investment firm Dragon Global; Bill Glashan, a businessman and international private equity investor; and Gordon Caplan, a New York attorney.

Fake athletic credentials-

He said in many of the cases, Singer allegedly bribed the coaches, who "agreed to pretend that certain applicants were recruited competitive athletes when, in fact, the applicants were not.
Lelling said the coaches allegedly "knew the students' athletic credentials had been fabricated."

He said Singer allegedly worked with the parents to "fabricate profiles for their kids, including fake athletic credential and honors, or fake participation in elite club teams."

Singer allegedly even had parents stage photos or Photoshopped pictures of their children participating in sports.

Singer also arranged for a student to take the SAT and ACT exams individually with a proctor in Texas or California he had bribed, Lelling said.

In one case highlighted by federal prosecutors, the head women’s soccer coach at Yale University was paid $400,000 to accept a student even though the applicant did not play soccer. The parents of that student had paid Singer $1.2 million.

Other elite schools named in the scam were the University of Texas, UCLA and Wake Forest.

Joe Bonavolonta, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston Field Office, said 300 special agents fanned out across the country early Tuesday and arrested 38 people. He said seven other suspects were working to surrender to authorities and one is being actively pursued.

USC President Wanda M. Austin addressed the scandal in a letter to the university community.

"The federal government has alleged that USC is a victim in a scheme perpetrated against the university by a long-time Athletics Department employee, one current coach and three former coaching staff, who were allegedly involved in a college admissions scheme and have been charged by the government on multiple charges," Austin wrote.

Austin vowed to take "appropriate employment action" against school employees involved in the scam and will review admissions decisions.

"It is immensely disappointing that individuals would abuse their position at the university in this way," Austin's letter reads. "We will continue to cooperate fully with all law enforcement regulatory investigations."

Wake Forest officials also released a statement saying the North Carolina school's head volleyball coach was one of the defendants indicted.

"The university has retained outside legal counsel to look into this matter," the Wake Forest statement said. "Wake Forest has placed Ferguson on administrative leave."

The nationwide scheme was prosecuted in Boston partly because it was uncovered by FBI agents working on an unrelated case, officials said. Fake test scores were submitted to Boston College, Boston University and Northeastern University, officials said, but none of those schools were named in the indictment.

In most cases the students did not know their admission was contingent on a bribe, officials said.

According to the charging papers, Huffman "made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 ... to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter."

https://abcnews.go.com/US/hollywood-...ry?id=61627873


:-)

"Academics" in 21st century America.......My God.
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Munson 12:11 PM 03-13-2019
https://nypost.com/2019/03/12/obama-...ssions-scheme/

Originally Posted by :
Obama family’s tennis coach among dozens charged in college admissions scheme

By Tamar Lapin March 12, 2019 | 11:21pm

The Obama family’s personal tennis coach was among the dozens of people charged Tuesday in a sweeping college admissions bribery scheme.

Gordon Ernst — who once taught former first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha — was accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering when he was the tennis coach at Georgetown University.

Between 2012 and 2018, Ernst, 52, allegedly pocketed more that $2.7 million in bribes in exchange for putting at least 12 students on the Georgetown tennis teams, including some kids who did not play the sport competitively.


The bribes were allegedly sent to Ernst through charitable accounts set up by crooked college counselor William “Rick” Singer — the admitted mastermind of the $25 million scheme.

In a statement, Georgetown said it was “deeply disappointed” and cooperating with the federal investigation.

After being fired from Georgetown in 2018, Ernst was hired by the University of Rhode Island.

He was placed on administrative leave by the school Tuesday.

It was while he was at Georgetown that he coached the first family, according to The Providence Journal.

There’s no suggestion that Malia, a sophomore at Harvard, was implicated in the scam in any way.

A federal judge in Maryland agreed to free Ernst on $200,000 bond.

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FAX 12:16 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by NinerDoug:
Of the people involved in this scandal, which ones preached equality? Got a link? Since there are only about 50 people involved, no doubt you had someone specific in mind, and a specific statement.
This is a fascinating question. If they (meaning anyone among the 50 or so) didn't "preach" equality (in all things, assumably) they should have? And, if they did, they're hypocrites?

Can't they both be simultaneously true?

I mean, there are compelling theories that posit the idea that "equality" as an idea exists, but as a practical concept, it does not and cannot.

FAX
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vailpass 12:18 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by Munson:
https://nypost.com/2019/03/12/obama-...ssions-scheme/
At tennis coach. Charged with racketeering. I'd say justice has been served but that would be a backhanded compliment.
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GloryDayz 12:29 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by NinerDoug:
Thank you for your deep and meaningful contribution to this discussion, GloryDayz. You are a true intellect.
It was an appropriate reply to what was obviously a silly question.

But resist away...
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NinerDoug 12:53 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by GloryDayz:
It was an appropriate reply to what was obviously a silly question.

But resist away...
It's not a silly question.

PB accused someone involved in that scandal of hypocrisy. That's a very specific allegation. If it's not just bullshit, then he should be able to say what was said in the way preaching equality, and who said it.
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GloryDayz 03:13 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by NinerDoug:
It's not a silly question.

PB accused someone involved in that scandal of hypocrisy. That's a very specific allegation. If it's not just bullshit, then he should be able to say what was said in the way preaching equality, and who said it.
So you're in search of how many are liberals and how many are conservatives, or you thinking you can make PB do that?

I think we all know there's a mix of both, but when you say "Hollywood", yeah, it's assumed to be liberal.

But resist all you want, it's a free country. For now.
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Munson 04:53 PM 03-13-2019

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NinerDoug 04:59 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by GloryDayz:
So you're in search of how many are liberals and how many are conservatives, or you thinking you can make PB do that?

I think we all know there's a mix of both, but when you say "Hollywood", yeah, it's assumed to be liberal.

But resist all you want, it's a free country. For now.
Not at all. I just want to know what was said by whom that he thinks is hypocrisy.
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GloryDayz 05:30 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by NinerDoug:
Not at all. I just want to know what was said by whom that he thinks is hypocrisy.
Ah, OK, carry on...
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NinerDoug 05:34 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by GloryDayz:
Ah, OK, carry on...
Thank you for your consideration. :-)
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Chiefshrink 05:44 PM 03-13-2019
Surely no one is surprised by this are they ?? Seriously ???:-)
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GloryDayz 05:48 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by Chiefshrink:
Surely no one is surprised by this are they ?? Seriously ???:-)
No.
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Sorry 06:37 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by BucEyedPea:
The left, always with their minds in the gutter. Yet, they talk about Trump being a pig and cheater.
trump is busy thinking about his daughter's pussy
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Otter 06:49 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by Sorry:
trump is busy thinking about his daughter's pussy
And just like true racists, the only ones to bring this stuff up is...
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BucEyedPea 06:52 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by NinerDoug:
Not at all. I just want to know what was said by whom that he thinks is hypocrisy.
No you don't. Not really.

Also, why you're so loved here as well.
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