Wealthy Elite Named In College Acceptance Scam—Is This A Litmus Test Of College Acceptance Practices?
Once again those that consider themselves the elite prove that they feel they are not to be held to the same rules as others and feel pretty much untouchable. Breaking news reports over fifty individuals, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, have been charged in conjunction with college admission scams.
In court documents released on Tuesday, Huffman and Loughlin were just two amongst a reported four dozen wealthy individuals who attempted to circumvent the rules, by paying upwards of $6.5 million in an effort of making sure their children were accepted into elite colleges and universities.
The scam involved such colleges as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, USC, UCLA, and the University of Texas. The ringleader in the scam was an individual in California listed in the court documents as William Rick Singer.
Court documents in Boston show that Singer helped the elite parents place their children in the schools by way of bribes. Officials also stated that they actually been investigating the suspected scam for over a year.
Singer, who ran the charity Key Worldwide Foundation, told authorities he would be pleading guilty to the charges of racketeering. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling, during a news conference Tuesday, stated that Singer had been paid $25 million in total, in return for securing the children’s college admissions. Also, authorities noted that the charity was, in fact, a front out of which Singer ran his scam.
An agent for the FBI Boston Field Office, Joseph Bonavolonta added: “This is a case where the parents flaunted their wealth, sparing no expense to cheat the system so they could set their children up for success with the best money could buy.”
Many of the students whose parents were named in the scam were not even aware of what lengths their parents went to to secure their entry. Others have actually been found to be in collusion along with their parents. However, in none of the reports of the investigation were any of the colleges aware of or part of the alleged scam.
What it came to how Singer operated the scam, in his own words: “What we do is help the wealthiest families in the U.S. get their kids into school…my families want a guarantee.” One manner in which Singer would facilitate the child’s entrance would be by way of having another individual take their SAT or ACT test, that colleges and universities use as a benchmark for acceptance.
The majority of the students who acquired their acceptance through Singer’s scam are still reportedly enrolled and are active students as of this date.
So, what’s the verdict—you decide.
Should the children who were accepted through Singer’s scam be given the boot from the schools?