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Widespread college admissions scam revealed

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 3/12/19, 12:45 pm

Top college coaches, university administrators, Hollywood actresses, and others have been charged in a widespread college admissions bribery case unsealed in federal court on Tuesday. The case is the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted by the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said Tuesday at a news conference in Boston. Authorities say coaches at schools, including Georgetown, Stanford, Southern California, Wake Forest, UCLA, and Yale University, accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability.

Prosecutors said parents allegedly paid the founder of Edge College & Career Network, an admissions consulting company in Newport Beach, Calif., a total of $25 million from 2011 through last month to bribe college coaches and administrators to label their children as recruited athletes to boost their chances of getting into elite schools. The consulting company reportedly created fake athletic profiles to make students look like strong high school athletes and bribed administrators of college entrance exams to allow a Florida man to take the test on behalf of students.

The nearly 50 people indicted include Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman as well as prominent business leaders, a fashion designer, and a top lawyer, according to The New York Times. Loughlin is known for her role in ABC’s Full House, while Huffman starred in ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Both were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. Court documents say Huffman, who is married to actor William H. Macy, allegedly paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation so her daughter could take part in the scam.

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Kiley Crossland

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  • AlanE
    Posted: Tue, 03/12/2019 01:08 pm

    Where prestige leads, shame is usually not far behind. Such is the human condition.

  • GMR
    Posted: Tue, 03/12/2019 01:21 pm

    This is one reason why people do not want the 10 commandments posted in public places: For lying seems profitable.

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    Deb O
    Posted: Tue, 03/12/2019 05:02 pm

    What is Hallmark going to do with their most bankable star outside of Candace Cameron Bure? I have thoroughly enjoyed Lori Loughlin in When Comes the Heart and some of her Christmas movies. But this scandal is so full of pride and lies, she and her husband should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves, and jail time shouldn't be excluded in addition to hefty fines. 

    I certainly don't put actors up on a pedastal, and there but for the grace of God go I. But if you live your life in the public eye, and your on-screen image is "high integrity, girl next door", there's a certain expectation. I doubt I'll be able to watch shows with Ms. Loughlin in the same light again. Like Kevin Spacey, however wonderful their performances were, whatever 'image' they had ... it's gone.

  • JerryM
    Posted: Tue, 03/12/2019 05:12 pm

    As bad as it sounds, still they are innocent until proven guilty.

  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 03/12/2019 11:59 pm

    And associated with this story, we find some clues as to things that are so wrong with our current culture...

    For instance, look a bit at Lori Loughlin.  Something of a Hollywood “star,” she “raised” a silly spoiled daughter, Olivia Jade. This is apparently Loughlin’s child who was admitted into college by the dubious means of the current criminal case.  Rather than appreciate the opportunity, OJ posted something on YouTube about her plans to party thru college. OJ is described as a “social media influencer” in one story I read. 

    In our culture, superficial but beautiful people become “stars” and “influencers” way beyond the wisdom they are able to impart.  Are you influenced by the opinions held and expressed by beautiful stars like Lori Loughlin?  Are your kids influenced by opinions/views held by young airheads like Loughlin’s daughter Olivia Jade?  

    If so, you are in definite need of a values reset.  Our entire culture is in serious need of a values reset 

    Posted: Wed, 03/13/2019 11:37 am

    I don't know what is any type of degree these privileged kids would get due to their fraudulent enrollments. Likely they'd assume some type of job in the family business empire. Going to work in a family business is quite common enough. Yet how much actual value or enhanced skills/competence do these "scholars" deliver? I'm thinking alumni association mixers and networkings are the main draw for most of them

    Please follow up and let us know who all actually serves any real jail time for all of this fraud and lying.

    I'm thinking the mega wealthy will have the same gold-plated defense team any bottomless budget can finance.

  • TWH
    Posted: Wed, 04/10/2019 11:05 am

    One of the actresses made a compelling statement of her feelings of shame over the incident. But she's an actress, so there's no possible way to know if she's at all sincere. As with most sinners, unfortunately including me at times, the shame may be over getting caught.