By @stiles_mcfly – The Hollywood Times East Coast Rep
NYC, NY (The Hollywood Times) 3/13/19 –
At a time in the United States of America when we’re getting ready to try to elect a new President, deal with all kinds of inappropriately sexual conduct, and legalize a plant that has arrested the development of teenagers and young adults for decades of arrests we’re faced with a headline that blitzes the boundaries of the entitled and wealthy. Lori Loughlin of “Full House” and the more current Netflix reboot “Fuller House” and Felicity Huffman of “Desperate Housewives” and wife of “Shameless” actor William H. Macy are included in a far reaching college admissions bribery scandal. Over 30 others are also set to be charged with compensating between $200K and upwards to $6.5 million dollars to secure their children into exclusively elite college universities. Prosecutors are also set to accuse several college coaches who are finger pointed in accepting these bribes.
The scheme also encompassed pseudo SAT and ACT scores. Special agents out of Boston in charge of the case are speaking out to say the acts are deceptive, dishonest, and despicable. “Today’s arrests should be a warning to others. You can’t pay to play. You can’t lie and cheat to get head.” The FBI has labeled the investigation “Operation Varsity Blues”.
Not long ago Bernie Madoff go down for the biggest ponzi scheme in history. We are seeing a different version of the modern day american gangster in this country and it’s CEOs, real estate investors, and the co-chair of a global law firm. The children were able to gain their enrollment to Yale University, Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA and USC.
The focus of the case is William Singer, 58, who was at the helm of Edge College & Career Network LLC, also known as “The Key”, a for-profit college admissions consulting firm. Working out of Newport Beach, California, Singer is also alleged to have plotted and set up a fake charity to receive the bribes. He is accused of faking athletic profiles for students, and then collaborate with college coaches to bring the kids into their schools. Some coaches kept the money and some would give money to their athletic programs. Singer is expected to plead guilty.
Huffman and Loughlin were charged with a single felony count of mail fraud. Laughlin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was also charged with being involved. Huffman was arrested in her home this past Tuesday morning. Authorities are waiting for Loughlin to surrender, said Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman out of the FBI in Los Angeles.
Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of ponying up $500K to have their two daughters granted admission to USC as members of the crew team even though they don’t engage in the sport. According to the FBI affidavit, Huffman was recorded on the phone being heard talking about the arrangement of rigging an SAT test for her daughter. Macy, her partner, was not brought up on charges. Huffman is accused of paying $15K to Singer’s charitable organization for help in the scam.
The affidavit states that Singer arranged for Huffman’s daughter to take her SAT a the West Hollywood Test Center. A proctor was arranged by Singer to be there to “supervise” the test but was really paid off to change answers that were incorrect. Huffman’s daughter scored a 400 point increase from her SAT with the “extra help”.
Singer employed Mark Riddell, a counselor at a Florida private school, to take exams for students or correct answers. Parents paid between $15K and $75K for this amenity. Around $10K of that was given to Riddell per test. Singer is also accused of paying off two test proctors to allow the submission of the cheated exams.
Other charges went out to others including racketeering conspiracy charges, honest services fraud, mail fraud, and whatever else is still uncovered that we should be hearing about in the weeks and months ahead.
This is something you’d see on an episode of Macy’s hit tv show Shameless. This is frustrating to see from my viewpoint. I have been in and out of colleges since the age of 18 years old. I am now 34 years old. I went to Curry College, a small private school 6 miles south of Boston, for 2 and a half years where I earned 63 credits. When I dropped out and moved back home to New Jersey I tried to transfer into County College where they only took 20 something of my credits. I was set back and frustrated but managed to finally get my Associates Degree 10 years later. I transferred into Rutgers University Newark this year to finish out a Bachelor’s degree.
There must be more depth into the psychological reasoning to justify their behavior. What about the next kid in line to be accepted who wasn’t able to go to the school because someone was able to scam there way in. Maybe they were trying to keep up with the Joneses of Hollywood. I’m looking forward to hearing more comments, stories, and seeing how this will shape the future of checks and balances within academic institutions.