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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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BucEyedPea 02:40 PM 03-14-2019
I just don't see how the show can really continue without her character, especially since the lead male bailed.
Lori Loughlin Fired From All Hallmark Projects Over College Cheating Scandal.

She’s currently in the midst of making the Hallmark Channel’s latest Garage Sale Mystery movie, which is being filmed in Vancouver.

Fans of Loughlin’s work with Hallmark have been extremely vocal since news of her alleged involvement in the bribery scandal became public. Viewers have since flooded Hallmark’s social media channels, calling for her firing. “@LoriLoughlin shows or movies will no longer be played in my home,” wrote one angry fan on Instagram. “Should have hired her children a tutor and taught them better study habits.” Another added, “Personally, I don’t want to see her ever on Hallmark Channel again and it would be extremely disappointing to see Crown Media ignore her gross dishonesty.”


https://tvline.com/2019/03/14/lori-l...llege-scandal/
She's also on the Netflix Fuller House,recently renewed for a fifth and final season. My guess is Netflix will keep her if she's a progressive. I have no idea what her politics are though.
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BucEyedPea 02:42 PM 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.
I going with innocent 'til proven guilty when more facts are known.
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BucEyedPea 02:47 PM 03-14-2019
Lori's kids didn't like school and were not interested in academics but forced their kids to be. Both parent were very competitive about their daughters. Shoulda' got them tutors instead or not force their kids against their inclinations.
Olivia and Isabella’s personalities were always very different from their parents. They are average students. They have never been obsessed with school and didn’t seem to care that much,” the source says. “They attended school because their parents made them. Their focus was never about getting straight As. It was always clear that it was the parents that pushed them to go to school. Olivia always talks about her vlog. This is her passion. She never really understood why she needs to go to school.” (Neither of the daughters have been charged in connection with the scheme, and it is not known whether they were even aware of it.)

https://people.com/tv/college-admiss...nulli-friends/

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GloryDayz 02:54 PM 03-14-2019
I suppose Lori Loughlin could have a future in porn. We'll see...
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BucEyedPea 03:04 PM 03-14-2019
At 54? She's not going to be getting younger.
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GloryDayz 03:07 PM 03-14-2019
Yes, at 54... As long as she's flexible. Meh, perhaps that won't even matter...


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Frazod 05:53 PM 03-14-2019
Am I alone in not really caring about this? Rich people doing rich people shit. That's kind of how the world works.
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alpha_omega 11:41 AM 03-15-2019
Read the article if you want (i won't post the whole thing), but i found the sketches really interesting....

Lori Loughlin appeared ‘arrogant’ in court while Felicity Huffman looked ‘more genuine,’ says sketch artist








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Munson 09:28 AM 03-16-2019
Lori Laughlin has just been dropped by Netflix for the final season of Fuller House, after being dropped by the Hallmark Channel yesterday.

Her daughter Olivia Jade had her contract with Sephora terminated.

Things really went down the shitter with that family.
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NinerDoug 10:21 AM 03-16-2019
Of course the MSM is all over this story. If it had been libs, you wouldn’t hear a peep.

Wait, wut?
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NinerDoug 11:17 AM 03-18-2019
https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.co...sions-scandal/

Joe Montana denies wrongdoing in college admissions scandal
Posted by Michael David Smith on March 14, 2019, 8:46 PM EDT

One of the many rich and powerful people whose names have surfaced in an ongoing college admissions scandal is Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana. But Montana insists he did nothing wrong, and his kids got into the colleges of their choice based on merit alone.

William Singer, an admissions counselor who has pleaded guilty to four charges in connection with helping students gain fraudulent admission into college, named Montana as a client. On Thursday evening Montana, who has not been accused of a crime, issued a statement saying Singer didn’t engage in any improper actions on behalf of his kids.

“Mr. Singer’s company provided nothing more than minimal consulting services to our family, like so many other families, with the college application process,” Montana wrote on Twitter. “Fortunately our kids were able to pick from a number of schools to attend due to their hard work and their merit. Thanks.”

Montana has two sons, both of whom played college football, and two daughters.
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loochy 12:06 PM 03-18-2019
Originally Posted by Munson:
Lori Laughlin has just been dropped by Netflix for the final season of Fuller House, after being dropped by the Hallmark Channel yesterday.

Her daughter Olivia Jade had her contract with Sephora terminated.

Things really went down the shitter with that family.
Aww, poor guys only get to live on the millions in royalties from Full House reruns and other cinematic forays as well as the fortune Mossimo made (and is making) from selling his clothes. How will they ever survive this?
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BucEyedPea 12:14 PM 03-18-2019
Originally Posted by Munson:
Lori Laughlin has just been dropped by Netflix for the final season of Fuller House, after being dropped by the Hallmark Channel yesterday.

Her daughter Olivia Jade had her contract with Sephora terminated.

Things really went down the shitter with that family.
I posted that the other day that Lori was fired.
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BucEyedPea 12:19 PM 03-18-2019
Originally Posted by alpha_omega:
Read the article if you want (i won't post the whole thing), but i found the sketches really interesting....

Lori Loughlin appeared ‘arrogant’ in court while Felicity Huffman looked ‘more genuine,’ says sketch artist
I felt some sympathy for Lori at first, but not after I read that.
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