Hollywood actresses,wealthy parents, college prep executives & coaches carried a nationwide fraud out to apply students into prestigious universities.
50 people including actresses Lori Loughlin & Felicity Huffman were charged in criminal investigation went by name “Operation Varsity Blues.”
A brief look at some of these 50 accused people:
- Mossimo Giannulli
Fashion designer appeared in federal court because of his connection with scandal of college cheating admission.
Passport of Giannulli is surrendered besides restricting him to travel to US.
His wife, actress Lori Loughlin didn’t go to court with him.
Loughlin & Giannulli charged with conspiracy of committing honest services mail fraud & mail fraud.
On March 29, Giannulli will attend Boston federal court with a set bond at $1 million.
- Former women’s soccer coach of Yale charged in admission scandal
Former head coach of women’s soccer team of Yale University is accused of being bribed from William Rick Singer, in exchange to designate Yale applicants as recruits for women’s soccer team.
Head coach of Yale women’s soccer coach, Rudolph Meredith accepted working with Singer in 2015.
agreed is charged with conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud & wire fraud.
Singer is accused of adjusting personal statement & resume of a candidate to describe applicant falsely co-captain of a prominent club soccer team located in southern California although applicant did not play competitive soccer.
Meredith received a check for $400,000 from singer after admitting the applicant to Yale in January 2018.
Applicant’s relatives paid $1.2 million allegedly to Singer in multiple installments include $900,000 was paid to a charitable account related to Singer.
Meredith forfeits $865,000 over more than $308,000 already given to FBIin check of cashier in May 2018.
On March 28, Meredith will appear in federal court in Boston.
- Actress Felicity set Huffman’s bond at $250,000 in college admission scheme
Federal court in LA witnessed presence of Actress Felicity Huffman to face charges as being connected with college admissions scheme.
Nominee of Academy Award charged with felony conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud & mail fraud.
When Huffman was asked to confirm her name & whether she understands charges against her, she provided short responses to which prosecutors requested a high bond set at $250,000.
After listening to numerous recorded conversations, William Rick Singer found to be behind alleged scheme.
Huffman owns $20 million in real estate assets in addition to $4 million in other assets.
Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy attended the trial jotting notes during hearing where its scheduled to Huffman to appear in Boston federal court on March 29.
- Yale University president: “deeply held values of inclusion & fairness” are under attack
Peter Salovey, Yale President assured that university cooperated with government officials before taking further actions as investigation into alleged college admissions scheme unfolds.
Saloveysent a letter to school community saying he was “profoundly dismayed and disturbed”by allegations mentioned in indictment of today.
I am writing to inform you of a criminal investigation involving an admissions scheme targeting universities nationwide, including Yale. Today the Department of Justice revealed that dozens of individuals have been charged with federal crimes during an ongoing FBI investigation of cheating in college admissions. Individuals allegedly involved in this conspiracy bribed athletic coaches and standardized testing officials to deceive the admissions offices of universities across the country.
As the indictment makes clear, the Department of Justice believes that Yale has been the victim of a crime perpetrated by a former coach who no longer works at the university. We do not believe that any member of the Yale administration or staff other than the charged coach knew about the conspiracy. The university has cooperated fully in the investigation and will continue to cooperate as the case moves forward.
The corrupt behavior alleged by the Department of Justice is an affront to our university’s deeply held values of inclusion and fairness. I want to assure our community that I am committed to making certain the integrity of the admissions and athletic recruitment processes is not undermined again.
As the investigation unfolds, the university may take further actions. I will work closely with our athletics director and dean of undergraduate admissions to make any necessary changes to protect the university from the kind of criminal behavior the Department of Justice described today.
I am profoundly dismayed and disturbed by what we have learned this morning about the alleged actions of a former Yale coach, but these actions do not detract from my pride in the accomplishments and hard work of our student-athletes, athletics program, and admissions staff.
Celebrities have begun sharing reactions to Justice Department’s college admissions scam investigation by taking twitter.
For starters as a mom of a kid who worked her ass off to get into @USC I’ve got lots of feelings about all of these misguided & entitled parents who bought their kid’s way in. What a disservice to other kids and most of all their own. Ive plenty more to say about this later. 😡 https://t.co/xkp6ifvJKG
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) March 12, 2019