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Defendants in College Admissions Scandal Plead Guilty to Fraud

HeadlineApr 09, 2019

In Boston, 13 parents, including Hollywood actress Felicity Huffman, and one coach, agreed to plead guilty to fraud as part of the elite college admissions scandal known as “Operation Varsity Blues.” Huffman admitted to paying $15,000 to have someone cheat on the SATs for her daughter. The money was funneled through a charity set up by the scheme’s mastermind, Rick Singer.

Stanford University announced this week they expelled a student who they say was connected to a $500,000 “donation” to Singer’s charity and who provided false information in their college application.

Meanwhile, The Boston Globe reported last week that Harvard is investigating the sale of a home belonging to the school’s fencing coach, to the father of a student who was soon after admitted into university—and onto the fencing team. The case is not believed to be related to Operation Varsity Blues.

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