National College Admissions Scandal Reveals Corrupt Underbelly of College Exams and Athletic Recruitment

This is because America’s higher education is not really about education at all. 

Also, notice all the limousine liberals involved? 

In a shocking announcement, federal prosecutors announced the arrest and charges against numerous individuals in connection with a nationwide criminal investigation focusing on college entrance exam cheating and admission of students to elite universities as fake athletic recruitsAthletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest and Georgetown, as well as parents and exam administrators have been implicated.

At the center of the scam was William “Rick” Singer of Newport Beach, California, who plead guilty to was charged with racketeering, conspiracy, money laundering and obstruction of justice.  Singer owned and operated the Edge College & Career Network, a for-profit college counseling and preparation business.  Singer was also the CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF), a non-profit corporation that he established a purported charity.

Over an eight-year period, 2011 to 2019, Singer conspired with dozens of parents, athletic coaches, a university athletics administrator and others to use bribes and fraud to secure admission of students to college and universities Thirty-three parents and 13 coaches and associates of Singer were charged with criminal offenses.  Among the persons charged were John Vandemoer, the head sailing coach at Stanford University, Rudy Meredith, the former head soccer coach at Yale University, and Mark Riddle, a counselor at a private School in Bradenton, Florida.

That would be Bradenton’s prep-boarding school, the IMG Academy. It’s been in the business of training athletes since 1978

Singer and his associates bribed SAT and ACT exam administrators to allow a test taker (usually Riddle) to secretly take college entrance exams in place of students or correct students’ exams. (In most cases, the students were not aware that their parents arranged for cheating scams). Singer instructed clients to seek extended time for their children on college exams based on false claims of learning disabilities.  Once the extended time was authorized, Singer directed clients to seek relocation of test to another test center where he had bribed administrators in Houston, Texas and West Hollywood, California Singer paid the administrators approximately $10,000 per test.  The administrators allowed a third person to take the test in place of the students, give the students the answers, or correct the answers after they completed the exams.  Singer’s clients between $15,000 to $75,000 per test, and structured the payments as charitable donations to Singer’s fake charity.