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Wow. Just trying to wrap my head around this one. Glad I was home to watch their announcement.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/hollywood-act ... d=61627873

Might take a while for more detailed story.


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:lol:


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I happened to catch part of the announcement. This was a pretty brazen deal..


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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/na ... 863cd02838
The Justice Department on Tuesday charged more than 30 wealthy people — including two television stars — with being part of a long-running scheme to bribe and cheat to get their kids into big-name colleges and universities.

The alleged crimes included cheating on entrance exams, as well as bribing college officials to say certain students were coming to compete on athletic teams when those students were not in fact athletes.

The criminal complaint paints an ugly picture of high-powered individuals committing crimes to get their children into selective schools. Among those charged are actresses Felicity Huffman, best known for her role on the television show “Desperate Housewives,” and Lori Loughlin, who appeared on “Full House,” according to court documents.

Authorities said the crimes date back to 2011, and the defendants used “bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children’s admission” to numerous college and universities,” including Georgetown, Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and UCLA, among others. One of the cooperating witnesses, according to the court documents, is a former head coach of Yale’s women’s soccer team, who pleaded guilty in the case nearly a year ago and has since been helping FBI agents gather evidence.


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Those indicted in the investigation dubbed "Varsity Blues" allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.
I hold degrees from two of those fine institutions ... but I got in fair and square. :?
"There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy and, I'll add, there will not be a separate criminal justice system either," Lelling added.
She seems to have missed the Manafort sentencing last week, or she'd know better. :oops:


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A link to the charging doc affidavit in this tweet.



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How could you aunt Becky uncle Jesse is going to be so mad... have mercy


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not sure why this is news. been going on forever under the guise of 'donations'


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And I thought we were in for a slow news day...


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Yeah, this will teach them a lesson: "Next time you bribe someone, do it legally!".


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Whip wrote: Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:54 pm not sure why this is news. been going on forever under the guise of 'donations'
This is actually a bit different than the "donation" route.. this involves actual bribes, as well as SAT/ACT test fraud..


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tek wrote: Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:09 pm
Whip wrote: Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:54 pm not sure why this is news. been going on forever under the guise of 'donations'
This is actually a bit different than the "donation" route.. this involves actual bribes, as well as SAT/ACT test fraud..
.. and they photoshopped applicants heads on real athletes bodies.


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So, when their unqualified kids start attending these elite colleges do they then cheat in order to pass their classes?


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I'm pretty sure the high school being used for the test cheating part of the scheme in Houston is Yates High School. The affidavit refers to a high school across from Texas Southern University and thst would be Yates. The irony is Yates is a majority black high school, and these mostly white parents were steering their kids there for the tests.


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Volkonski wrote: Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:55 pm So, when their unqualified kids start attending these elite colleges do they then cheat in order to pass their classes?
Perhaps. I'm thinking these kids are going to get the boot since they likely violated their school honor codes to get in.


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mmmirele wrote: Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:31 pm
Volkonski wrote: Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:55 pm So, when their unqualified kids start attending these elite colleges do they then cheat in order to pass their classes?
Perhaps. I'm thinking these kids are going to get the boot since they likely violated their school honor codes to get in.
Imagine how embarrassing this is for some of those kids who didn't know what their parents were doing.


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:twisted: Will this investigation throw a wider net to include the Trump family?


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USC fires athletic director and water polo coach after college cheating scam

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/colleg ... index.html
Read USC's full statement:

We are aware of the ongoing wide-ranging criminal investigation involving universities nationwide, including USC. USC has not been accused of any wrongdoing and will continue to cooperate fully with the government’s investigation.
We understand that the government believes that illegal activity was carried out by individuals who went to great lengths to conceal their actions from the university. USC is conducting an internal investigation. Donna Heinel and Jovan Vavic have been terminated and the university will take additional employment actions as appropriate.
USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme. Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward.


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Also at the above link-

College Board: SAT cheats will be held accountable — no matter their income or status
The College Board — the non-profit group that administers the SAT — just sent out a statement on the college admissions charges.

“Today’s arrests resulting from an investigation conducted by the US Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts send a clear message that those who facilitate cheating on the SAT — regardless of their income or status — will be held accountable," Jerome White, the board's director of media relations and external communications, said in the statement emailed to CNN.

"The College Board has a comprehensive, robust approach to combat cheating, and we work closely with law enforcement as part of those efforts. We will always take all necessary steps to ensure a level playing field for the overwhelming majority of test takers who are honest and play by the rules."


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Volkonski wrote: Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:31 pm USC fires athletic director and water polo coach after college cheating scam

https://www.cnn.com/us/live-news/colleg ... index.html
Read USC's full statement:

We are aware of the ongoing wide-ranging criminal investigation involving universities nationwide, including USC. USC has not been accused of any wrongdoing and will continue to cooperate fully with the government’s investigation.
We understand that the government believes that illegal activity was carried out by individuals who went to great lengths to conceal their actions from the university. USC is conducting an internal investigation. Donna Heinel and Jovan Vavic have been terminated and the university will take additional employment actions as appropriate.
USC is in the process of identifying any funds received by the university in connection with this alleged scheme. Additionally, the university is reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward.
While this was absolutely the right thing to do, that water polo coach - Vavic - has been at USC forever. He was there when I was an *undergraduate*, and I’m over 40. He was named the PAC-12 Coach of the *Century*. He has coached more than a dozen national title winners. That’s stunning that he’s a part of it. Sad.


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Some of the kids may not have known, but some of them must have had a clue. How do you not know you got in on an athletic scholarship when you don't do the specified athletics?


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Can the colleges toss the kids out, plus keep any tuition already paid?

Haven't seen Twitler congratulate *his* DOJ and FBI for busting all these wealthy white folks :swoon:


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from the CNN link:
4 hr 36 min ago
Man at center of the scam pleads guilty and faces a maximum of 65 years in prison
From CNN’s Mark Morales

William Rick Singer, the man who owned and operated Edge College and Career Network LLC (“The Key”) at the center of the collegiate scheme, has pleaded guilty to four charges:

Racketeering conspiracy
Money laundering
Tax conspiracy
Obstruction of Justice
Singer faces:

A maximum of 65 years in prison
Three years of supervised release
$1.25m dollar fine
$400 special assessment
He is appearing before Judge Rya Zobel in a Massachusetts federal court.


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