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Celebrities are facing federal charges for allegedly cheating on standardized tests and bribing officials to accept students as athletes, even if the student has never played the sport before.

William Rick Singer, the leader of this scandal, is a college admissions consultant.  He has pled guilty to helping students get away with cheating and creating bribes.

According to a 2019 New York Times article, “12 People, Including 6 Coaches, Plead Not Guilty in College Admissions Scandal” by Kate Taylor, “At a news conference on March 12, Andrew E. Lelling, the United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said that one client of Mr. Singer’s had paid $6.5 million to facilitate their child’s admission to college — many times more than what any of the other parents have been accused of paying. This payment is not mentioned in any of the documents, and the person who paid this sum has not been revealed.”

Those who have been charged as of Mar 13 include William ‘Rick’ Singer, Rudolph ‘Rudy’ Meredith, Mark Riddell, John Vandemoer, Igor Dvorskiy, Lisa ‘Niki’ Williams, Gordon Ernst, William Ferguson, Martin Fox, Donna Heinel, Laura Janke, Ali Khosroshahin, Steven Masera, Jorge Salcedo, Mikaela Sanford, David Sidoo, Jovan Vavic, Gregory Abbott, Marcia Abbott, Gamal Abdelaziz, Diane Blake, Todd Blake, Jane Buckingham, Gordon Caplan, Michael Center, I-Hsin ‘Joey’ Chen, Amy Colburn, Gregory Colburn, Robert Flaxman, Mossimo Giannulli, Lori Loughlin, Manuel Henriquez, Elizabeth Henriquez, Douglas Hodge, Felicity Huffman, Agustin Huneeus Jr.,  Bruce Isackson, Davina Isackson, Michelle Janavs, Elisabeth Kimmel, Marjorie Klapper, Toby MacFarlane, William McGlashan, Marci Palatella, Peter Jan Sartorio, Stephen Semprevivo, Devin Sloane, John Wilson and Robert Zangrillo.

“A spokeswoman for the attorney’s office would not identify the family or the school, but said it was paid to get a child into college through the athletic recruiting scheme,” Taylor said.  “Also, on Monday, the federal Department of Education sent letters to the eight colleges where coaches are alleged to have taken bribes, saying that it was opening an investigation of its own, according to a department official with knowledge of the investigation.”

The investigation into the coaches and teachers who allegedly accepted bribes, as well as the parents who had allegedly administered them, will continue.

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