College Admissions Scandal Revealed

Isabelle Harrel, Staff

The FBI discovered a cheating scandal involving the college admissions process.

The FBI first received a tip from someone who was working on a case unrelated to the cheating case. According to ABC News, the tip was about “[an] alleged $400,000 bribe [that was] paid to the then-head women’s soccer coach at Yale to fabricate athletic credentials.”

After the coach went along with the investigation, other cases of cheating were discovered.

ABC News reported that “50 people were indicted” for the scandal, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

According to CNN, parents were among those indicted because they paid for a form of fraud, where a company would cheat to get the parents’ kids into college.

William Rick Singer, the CEO of The Key, a company meant to help people with preparations for college admissions, was the main person behind the cheating.

CNN reported the types of fraud that Singer sold, which Andrew Lelling, a US attorney, mentioned at a press conference.

“‘One [type of fraud that was sold] was to cheat on the SAT or ACT, and the other was to use [Singer’s] connections with Division I coaches and use bribes to get these parents’ kids into school with fake athletic credentials,'” Lelling said.

Singer pled guilty to his charges. According to Forbes, his charges include “racketeering conspiracy, money laundering, tax conspiracy and obstruction of justice,” and he is currently facing ” up to 65 years in jail and a $1.25 million fine.”

Singer is currently released from prison on a $500,000 bond.