Charging documents unsealed Tuesday reveal prosecutors charged almost 50 people - including 33 parents, alongside college coaches and Singer's associates - by indictment and complaint in connection with the conspiracy. Investigators say he would get parents to finagle a phony learning disability diagnosis to get their children extra time to take the SAT or ACT.
None of the universities or the companies who run the tests were implicated, and none of the students involved were charged.
One of the schemes involved parents paying William Singer, the founder of a college prep business, $15,000 to $75,000 to have someone take the SAT or ACT for their children.
"We are not talking about donating a building that will make it more likely for your child to get accepted, we're talking about deception and fraud", he said.
William "Rick" Singer leaves Boston Federal Court after being charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice on March 12, 2019. "Based on the Department of Justice investigation to date, we have no evidence that the alleged conduct involves anyone else at Stanford or is associated with any other team. Once the companies that administered those exams had agreed to the extra time, Singer arranged for the child to take the exam individually with one of the proctors he had bribed either at a location in Houston or at a location in California", said Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney in MA. A false athletic profile created for the student said she had been on China's junior national development team.
- Nine coaches are accused, including former Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith; UCLA soccer coach Jorge Salcedo, Wake Forest volleyball coach Bill Ferguson and Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer.
The university fired Heinel and Vavic Tuesday.
According to the indictment, the couple paid $500,000 to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California by having them "designated as recruits to the USC crew team - despite the fact that they did not participate in crew".
BOSTON - Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among at least 40 people indicted in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal.
"I'm absolutely responsible for it", he said in court. Representatives for Loughlin had no comment.
Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was arrested at their home.
On a phone call dated January 3rd, 2018, the cooperating witness told Abdelaziz if anyone asked why she wasn't playing he was instructed to say she had suffered an injury and agreed to go along with that story.