Who is William 'Rick' Singer, the college admissions cheating scandal's alleged ringleader?

Who is William 'Rick' Singer, the college admissions cheating scandal's alleged ringleader?

Who is William 'Rick' Singer, the college admissions cheating scandal's alleged ringleader?

Prosecutors say this is the largest college admissions cheating scam ever prosecuted in the U.S. Those indicted allegedly paid bribes from $200,000 to up to $6 million each to get their children into the elite schools.

Court documents show actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were two of more than 40 people charged in the case. Both were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud in indictments unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Boston. According to the AP, prosecutors allege fake athletic profiles were made and administrators were bribed to allow a Florida man to take admissions tests on behalf of students.

Of the other defendants, several are sports coaches or administrators at the University of Southern California, UCLA and Yale and Wake Forest universities.

From 2011 to 2018, Lelling said wealthy parents made about $25 million in payments to guarantee their children's admission to elite schools, and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents wiretapped phone calls involving some of the parents and a cooperating witness. Representatives for Loughlin had no comment. Presumably the reason Huffman is being charged and not Macy as well is because Huffman is the one they have recorded phone calls of.

"Authorities say parents would pay him a predetermined amount, with full knowledge of what they were doing".

Court papers say a cooperating witness met with Huffman and her husband at their Los Angeles home and explained the scam to them.

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Federal authorities also charged current and former college coaches, administrators of college entrance exam, CEOs, and others in federal court.

Huffman, specifically, alleged made a $15,000 donation for her oldest daughter, considered "pursuing the scheme" a second time before "deciding not to do so".

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud", Lelling said. At least two San Diegans were also named in the indictment. Huffman is perhaps best known for her role in ABC's Desperate Housewives and Loughlin ABC's Full House in the late 1980s and the more recent Fuller House.

William "Rick" Singer, founder of for-profit college prep business Edge College & Career Network also known as "The Key", is allegedly the mastermind behind one of the largest college admissions scams to ever hit the USA and went to great lengths - which included pricey fees - to ensure his clients' demands were met.

Singer, of Newport Beach, Calif., pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston to charges including racketeering conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

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