An FBI agent laid out exactly what happened. Here's a summary:
1. This college bribery scam started in 2001 and has NOT YET ENDED.
It is described as "continuing through the present."
- bribing SAT/ACT test administrators to facilitate cheating on those exams;
- bribing varsity coaches & administrators at top universities to get students deemed as "recruited" athletes;
- masking the bribes as tax-deductible charity donations
The agent's affidavit said she is disclosing "only those facts sufficient to
establish probable cause."
Most often, a parent paid for their kid's test to be "corrected" after the student took the exam. But in some cases, someone else took the test.
In all cases, parents got a "guarantee" of a higher score; whatever score they wanted.
Fake student profiles were created.
The real student had little or no athletic ability, and often didn't even play the sport - like tennis or crew. But bogus awards, athletic activities & photos were put on the college application.
The man is called "CW-1" (Cooperating Witness 1), b/c he agreed to drop a dime on all the parents, hoping for a lighter sentence.
That meant the parents "donating" to Singer's "charity" got a tax break too
So Singer was indicted on multiple counts of money laundering, racketeering and fraud. Seems he also pulled a Paul Manafort.
In Sept 2018, he agreed to cooperate & get evidence on parents. But then ...
That resulted in him being hit with an additional charge: obstruction of justice.
He had parents get their kids diagnosed w/ "learning disabilities" so they could take have extra time -- usually 2 days - to take their
college entrance exams. Then ...
To get their kids labeled "recruited" athletes, parents paid t
Even if they didn't know/understand all the details, it's very clear from the FBI transcripts that they parents knew full well that they were writing a check to buy college access.
He wasn't. It was just a ruse, a slick way to get the parents on tape admitting to the scandal, without them knowing that the feds already had the goods.
Parents were like: "Yes, of course."
One went: "Dude what do you think, I’m a moron?"
Throw in actors like Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin & William Macy and you can see why there's more to come with this #CollegeCheatingScandal