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College Admissions Scandal Is Likely Tip of the Iceberg

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Mar 14, 2019 3:53 PM 1+ week ago

By unsealing the indictment and criminal complaint against 50 people, the Department of Justice pulled back the curtain on the whole sordid underworld of side-door, backroom, dirty deals reached by select parents, coaches, college board administrators, and others who allegedly put status and greed over fairness and merit.

Each defendant, who is presumed innocent, faces serious criminal consequences given the information contained in the indictment and criminal complaint.

The case centers on William Singer, the owner of a college counseling company in Newport Beach, California. Unlike other college counseling companies, Singer provided unique services that guaranteed admission of less-than-average students to the college of their parents' choice through, as he termed it, the "side door."

The side door involved bribing college coaches to admit students (not actual student athletes) as a recruited athlete, cheating on SAT/ACT exams by paying off select administrators of those exams, doctoring grades, and more. In return for these services, parents paid hundreds of thousands of ...

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