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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 womenís 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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vailpass 07:17 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by Sorry:
trump is busy thinking about his daughter's pussy
And nobody is thinking about yours.
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BucEyedPea 07:19 PM 03-13-2019
Looks like Hollywood-left celebrities and other big wigs have raised intellectually inferior children.
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cosmo20002 07:23 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by BucEyedPea:
Looks like Hollywood-left celebrities and other big wigs have raised intellectually inferior children.
Well there were two on that list and one was an R donor.
GREAT TAKE THO
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vailpass 07:26 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by BucEyedPea:
Looks like Hollywood-left celebrities and other big wigs have raised intellectually inferior children.
Rs pull strings to get our kids into school as much as they do, or more. For the most part though we do it the the old fashioned way as it was intended to be done.
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NinerDoug 07:26 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by BucEyedPea:
No you don't. Not really.

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

But yes I do. Dude made an accusation of hypocrisy. Nothing to do with that accusation unless he says who was hypocritical and what they said.

Wouldnít you agree, my fair maiden?
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scho63 08:11 PM 03-13-2019
CNN decided to add "Trump" into the story just because they are soulless scum who have ZERO reporters left. A true National Enquirer on steroids.
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alpha_omega 08:18 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by scho63:
CNN decided to add "Trump" into the story....
No surprise here. What was their angle?
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Munson 08:22 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by alpha_omega:
No surprise here. What was their angle?
Orange Man Bad.
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alpha_omega 08:25 PM 03-13-2019
Originally Posted by Munson:
Orange Man Bad.
Surely they had more than that.
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scho63 07:26 AM 03-14-2019
Originally Posted by alpha_omega:
No surprise here. What was their angle?
Trump also benefited from entitlement, therefore by extension Trump is part of the problem. :-):-):-)

CNN Jumped the Shark sometime when Trump was running and they haven't come back since.........they have the worst case of TDS of anyone. :-)
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HonestChieffan 11:06 AM 03-14-2019

So the bribe also bought an all-inclusive Spring Break tour on the Trustee Chairman's yacht? I guess $500k wasn't such a bad deal after allhttps://t.co/ujomAW4m6I

— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) March 13, 2019

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vailpass 11:18 AM 03-14-2019
Originally Posted by HonestChieffan:
"Wait, why should the kids leave the yachts or the colleges that they got into through no fault of their own? Shouldn't we just label them Dreamers and celebrate them?"

"Breaking: parents paid Yale football coach $3 million to label 5'3", 120 lb daughter a "football recruit"; daughter destroys Ivy League foes with 3000 yards rushing in freshman season"
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Shields68 11:23 AM 03-14-2019
Originally Posted by vailpass:
"Wait, why should the kids leave the yachts or the colleges that they got into through no fault of their own? Shouldn't we just label them Dreamers and celebrate them?"
Not really sure it is no fault of their own. Had to know that the test on the college application was fraudulent. Which seems reason enough to boot someone from a yacht.
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vailpass 11:35 AM 03-14-2019
Originally Posted by Shields68:
Not really sure it is no fault of their own. Had to know that the test on the college application was fraudulent. Which seems reason enough to boot someone from a yacht.
Wut?
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GloryDayz 02:25 PM 03-14-2019
Originally Posted by vailpass:
"Wait, why should the kids leave the yachts or the colleges that they got into through no fault of their own? Shouldn't we just label them Dreamers and celebrate them?"

"Breaking: parents paid Yale football coach $3 million to label 5'3", 120 lb daughter a "football recruit"; daughter destroys Ivy League foes with 3000 yards rushing in freshman season"
So was the daughter performing the tip on top of the bribe?
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