Earlier this week, 50 people were arrested (including celebrities Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin) following an FBI investigation “Operation Varsity Blues”.
Here’s what we know so far:
- William Singer, owner of a college-prep program, was the orchestrator. Rich parents paid him to help their kids cheat on college-entrance exams. He made about $25 million.
- Services included Singer’s proctors correcting SAT answers at test centers, tricking therapists to sign forms giving students extra exam time, and bribing athletic coaches to recruit kids for sports they never played.
- Felicity Huffman paid $15,000, Lori Loughlin paid $500,000, and others paid up to $6.5 million.
- From 2011-2019, kids cheated their way to Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, USC, UCLA, UT Austin, USD, and Wake Forest University.
- 2 entrance-exam administrators, 1 exam proctor, 9 athletic coaches, 1 college administrator, and 33 parents (CEOs, doctors, lawyers,) were arrested.
- USC announced they will reject applications from students involved in the scheme and is contemplating expelling current students involved. Other colleges released statements.
- Yesterday, two students who were rejected filed a lawsuit claiming they were denied a fair opportunity and the colleges failed to discover the corruption.
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