What’s worse, being named a liar and a cheat by authorities…or having your name splashed across the world and named as a liar and a cheat? That’s what actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are waking up to today – and they’re on a list of nearly 50 others charged in what’s being called the largest college cheating scamever prosecutedby the Department of Justice.
Dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” federal officials say elite and wealthy parents paid bribes of up to six-million-bucks to get their kids into elite colleges. In all, officials say ringleader William Singer collected $25-million to get the privileged into schools including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling says there can be no separate college admission for the wealthy and there will be "no separate criminal justice system either."
For his part, Singer is already pleading guilty. He’s copped to charges of racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice. The con involved cheating on ACT and SAT exams or creating fake sports profiles to get the students into college on a sports team. Others charged include CEOs, two SAT or ACT exam administrators, and nine coaches at the targeted schools.
Source: ABC News