Hollywood actors, CEOs charged in nationwide college admissions cheating scam

Hollywood actors, including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and a slew of chief executives are among 50 people charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scam.
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We're here today to announce charges. In the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice. We've charged fifty people nationwide. With to with participating in a conspiracy that involved first. Cheating on college entrance exams meaning the SAT in the ACC. And second securing admission to a leak colleges. By bribing coaches at those schools to accept certain students under false pretense. In return for bribes these coaches agreed to pretend that certain applicants. Were recruited competitive athletes. When in fact the applicants were not as the coaches knew. The students athletic credentials have been fabricated. Overall today we have charged three people who organized these scams. Two SAT here a CT exam administrators. One exam proctor. One college administrator. Nine coaches at elite schools. And 33 parents. Who paid enormous sums to guarantee either children's admission to certain schools. Through the use of bribes and fake academic and athletic credentials. Today we have charged 33 parents nationwide. With hiring singers group to defraud testing companies and or various universities. These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege. They include for example CEOs of private and public companies. Successful securities and real estate investors. Two well known actresses. Famous fashion designer and the co chairman of a global law firm. In one example the head women's soccer coach at Yale. In exchange for 400000. Dollars accepted an applicant as a recruit for the yell women's team. Despite knowing that the apple can't did not even play competitive soccer. The student was in fact admitted afterward the student Stanley paid singer one point two million dollars for that service. In addition to standardized test cam in the college admission scam. Singer also arrange for someone to take on line high school classes. In place of certain students. So that those students could submit higher grades as part of their overall college application actress. This case is about the widening corruption that we college admissions. Through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud. There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy and they will not be a separate criminal justice system either. Every year hundreds of thousands of hardworking. Talented students strive for admission to leave schools. As every parent knows these students work harder and harder every year in a system that appears to grow more and more competitive every year. And that system is a zero sum game. For every student that made it through fraud. And honest genuinely talented student was rejected. The parents charged today despite already being able. To give their children every legitimate advantage in the college admissions game instead chose to erupt and illegally manipulate the system for their benefit. We're not talking about donating the building. So that a school's more likely to take your son or daughter we're talking about deception and fraud. Fake test scores fake athletic credentials fake photographs. Arrived college officials.

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