The College Admissions Scam Arrests Continue Apace

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By now, you’re certainly familiar with the dozens of rich people who’ve been charged in the alleged college admissions bribery scheme, including actors Felicity Huffman and Aunt Becky herself, Lori Loughlin, and her ungrateful influencer daughter Olivia Jade. But Operation Varsity Blues extends much further—at least 12 people have pleaded not guilty to their involvement in securing the rich, powerful, and uninterested a spot in America’s top-rated universities. Then, of course, are the 50 people who’ve been arrested so far, including 33 wealthy parents who allegedly paid to help their academically unexceptional children get into prestigious colleges.

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As of Monday afternoon, Yale University has official rescinded the admission of one student whose family paid $1.2 million to Rick Singer, the scheme’s confessed orchestrator, who told prosecutors he helped the family manufacture false athletic endorsements from Yale women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith, CNN reports. Singer sent Meredith a check for $400,000 when the student was officially admitted and has pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering, conspiracy to defraud the US and obstruction of justice, and money laundering conspiracy. According to a criminal indictment, Meredith solicited bribes from a second student’s family as well.

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It’s highly unlikely that Singer was involved with just one prospective student, and we already know Meredith’s situation goes deeper: the rich kid resignations are on their way.

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rhondaadeal
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I’m guessing Singer and a few of the people at the colleges he paid bribes to will go to jail. I’m guessing none of the rich parents will go to jail, not even the ones who also committed tax fraud with their fake charities/donations while a part of this. They’ll pay fines which will seem like a lot to us, but not really be that much to them. The richies will be somewhat embarrassed within their social circles. Other richies who have kids that legitimately got into these schools will be even more smug and obnoxious than they usually are. All of the rich children will continue to be rich throughout the rest of their lives regardless of their educational levels. Meanwhile the rest of us will watch the tRump administration kill the ACA and see all our insurance rates go through the roof if we get to keep it at all. More hospitals and doctors’ offices will close. A wide spectrum of medical professionals will lose their jobs. And, ironically, many of these young nurses and therapists will then default on the student loans they took out to pay for an education they earned fair and square.