US College Admissions Scandal Ensnares Wealthy Parents
Prosecutors have charged 50 people — from Hollywood stars and business leaders to test administrators and college coaches — in a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme that vaulted undeserving students into top universities. Authorities claim consultant William Singer was the mastermind, helping boost the test scores of mostly unwitting high schoolers while facilitating bribes from wealthy parents to athletic officials.
How did the scheme work? In one case, parents paid $1.2 million to squeeze their non-soccer-playing daughter into Yale as a star recruit, while another student was falsely identified as having a learning disability for an edge on standardized tests.