March 14, 2019 18:21:18
Colleges and companies have moved swiftly to distance themselves from employees swept up in a nationwide college admissions scam, in what prosecutors have labelled the largest such scandal in United States history.
At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents were among those charged. Some parents spent hundr of thousands of dollars, as much as $US6.5 million ($9.2 million), to guarantee their children‘s admission, officials said.
“Every student deserves to be considered on their individual merits when applying to college, and it’s disgraceful to see anyone breaking the law to give their children an advantage over others,” US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said in a statement Wednesday.
“The department is looking closely at this issue and working to determine if any of our regulations have been violated.”
He was released on $US500,000 bail by a federal magistrate who overruled a federal prosecutor’s objection to Mr Hodge keeping his passport.
The Los Angeles judge ruled Ms Loughlin could continue travelling to and from the Canadian province of British Columbia for a number of productions she is working on as long as she notifies US authorities in advance of each trip.
Ms Loughlin and Mr Hodge are among 50 people charged with taking part in a scam that steered graduating high school students into elite universities, including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford, by cheating the admissions process.
Prosecutors called it the largest such scandal in US history.
Other notable parents charged by the Boston US attorney’s office include Bill McGlashan Jr, who headed a buyout investment arm of private equity firm TPG Capital, which put him on indefinite leave after he was charged.
University of Southern California (USC) interim president Wanda Austin issued a statement saying anyone involved who applied for the upcoming academic year would be denied admission, while current students implicated in the scheme would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Gordon Caplan, who prosecutors said paid $US75,000 last year to have some of his daughter’s wrong answers corrected on a college entrance exam, was placed on leave from his post as co-chairman of the global law firm Willkie Farr Gallagher, the company said on Wednesday.
Loughlin’s daughters passed off as rowers
Ms Loughlin is accused of paying the mastermind of the scheme, William ‘Rick’ Singer, $US500,000 to help both of her daughters cheat their way into USC by bribing an athletics official at the school to pretend the girls were gifted rowers.
One of the daughters, Olivia Giannulli, has become a prominent “influencer” on social media under the name “Olivia Jade”.
“Officially a college student!” she captioned an Instagram photograph she posted in September, which showed her in her USC dorm room decorated with items she had ordered from online retailer Amazon.com Inc, which paid her for the post.
Singer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to racketeering charges.
Prosecutors in the US attorney’s office in Boston said his company, Edge College Career Network, has made $US25 million since embarking on the fraud in 2011, offering what he promised was a “guarantee” of admission.
March 14, 2019 13:49:29