college admissions scandal

Jan 4, 2023

College scam mastermind Rick Singer gets 3.5 years in prison

BOSTON — The mastermind of the nationwide college admissions bribery scheme that ensnared celebrities, prominent businesspeople and other parents who used their wealth and privilege to buy their kids’ way into top-tier schools was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison Wednesday. The punishment for Rick Singer, 62, is the longest sentence handed down in the sprawling […]

Investor John Wilson, left, arrives at federal court in Boston with his wife Leslie in this April 3, 2019, file photo, to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. The first trial in the college admissions bribery scandal opened Sept. 13, 2021, with defense attorneys seeking to portray the two parents accused of buying their kids' way into school as victims of deception who believed their payments were legal donations. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)
Sep 13, 2021

First trial in college admissions scandal gets underway

The trial in the college admissions bribery scandal opened with defense attorneys seeking to portray two parents as victims of a con man.

Sep 5, 2019

Court records show how university system tracks applicants with ties to donors

On an internal spreadsheet marked “special interest,” University of Southern California officials catalogued in exhaustive detail the fundraising possibilities associated with certain well-connected applicants for admission. One candidate promoted by USC athletic officials was linked to a “250,000 signed pledge,” newly disclosed court records show, while the file for anothe[...]

Apr 12, 2019

Test taker pleads guilty in college admissions bribery scandal

BOSTON — A former Florida prep school administrator pleaded guilty Friday to taking college entrance exams for students in exchange for cash to help wealthy parents get their kids into elite universities. Mark Riddell admitted to secretly taking the ACT and SAT in place of students, or to correcting their answers, as part of a […]

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