Celebs among 50 charged in 'largest college admissions scam' in US

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Court documents state parents paid Singer around $25 million between 2011 and February 2019 to "bribe coaches and university administrators to designate their children as recruited athletes, or other favored admissions categories".

Though Vandemoer stands accused of taking bribes in exchange for recommendations of two prospective students ($110,000 for one kid and $500,000 for his replacement), the school claims that neither stayed long at Stanford. At Southern California, former women's soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin, former women's soccer assistant coach Laura Janke, water polo coach Jovan Vavic and Senior Associate Athletic Director Donna Heinel also were charged.

Newport Beach resident Singer and his company, The Key, allegedly helped wealthy students score better on the ACTs or SATs by helping them cheat on the exams.

Singer pleaded guilty Tuesday in a Boston federal courtroom to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering, tax conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

"In some instances", the filing says, the people employed to facilitate these alleged scams "helped fabricate athletic "profiles" and other documents to bolster the students college applications by making them appear to be highly successful high school athletes when in fact they were not".

"I'm absolutely responsible for it", he said in court.

"He didn't have inside information about the answers, he was just smart enough to get a near flawless score on demand or to calibrate the score", the leading federal prosecutor said of Riddell.

William "Rick" Singer, founder of for-profit college prep business Edge College & Career Network also known as "The Key", is allegedly the mastermind behind one of the largest college admissions scams to ever hit the us and went to great lengths - which included pricey fees - to ensure his clients' demands were met.

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U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling detailed the process of the alleged scheme at a news conference Tuesday morning and described Riddell as "just a really smart guy".

Authorities said coaches in such sports as soccer, tennis and volleyball accepted bribes to put students on lists of recruited athletes, regardless of their ability or experience.

He added, "For every student admitted through fraud, an honest genuinely talented student was rejected".

The charges involved 33 parents "who paid enormous sums to guarantee their children's admissions to certain schools through the use of bribes and fake academic and athletic credentials", Lelling said.

The plot involved students who attended or were seeking to attend Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, the University of San Diego, USC, University of Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale, according to federal prosecutors.

In most cases the students did not know their admission was contingent on a bribe, officials said.

William "Rick" Singer leaves the federal courthouse after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme in Boston, March 12, 2019.

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