Nicknamed “Operation Varsity Blues”, the University College admissions scandal in the US caused waves around the world, highlighting that corruption within the University College admissions process is far reaching and part of a vast and intricate criminal conspiracy.
Over the past year, a number of high profile court cases have brought to justice the perpetrators of a large criminal conspiracy, including former CEOs, Hollywood actresses, university athletics coaches and college officials. Parents have paid to help their children cheat on entrance exams to prestigious colleges such as UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale and Georgetown.
Charges include bribery, conspiracy to commit racketeering, fraudulently doctoring examination results or exam scripts, and even attaching false photographs in order to feign sporting achievements and gain a precious sports’ scholarship.
At the top of this conspiracy, and now facing 65 years in prison and fines of $1.25 million, is William Rick Singer, head of the two firms involved: Key Worldwide Foundation and the Edge College and Career Network. He admitted to unethically assisting over 700 parents in gaining entrance to Colleges. There were atleast another 51 people involved. Singer used over $25 million between 2011 and 2018 to fraudulently improve exam scores and bribe Colleges.