Felicity Huffman among dozens charged over admissions fraud at top US schools

Felicity Huffman among dozens charged over admissions fraud at top US schools

US federal prosecutors have charged dozens of people in a years-old $25m scheme to help wealthy Americans buy their children’s way into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford, and the University of Southern California. Federal prosecutors in Boston charged William “Rick” Singer, 58, with running the racketeering scheme through his Edge College & Career…


US federal prosecutors have charged dozens of people in a years-old $25m scheme to help wealthy Americans buy their children’s way into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford, and the University of Southern California.

Federal prosecutors in Boston charged William “Rick” Singer, 58, with running the racketeering scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which served a roster of clients including chief executives and Hollywood actors.

Thirty-three parents, including Hollywood actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged, as well as 13 coaches and associates of Singer’s business.

Prosecutors said Singer’s operation arranged for fake testers to take college admissions exams in place of his clients’ children, and in some cases arranged for applicants to be listed as recruited athletes even if they had no athletic ability.

Singer is scheduled to plead guilty on Tuesday in Boston federal court to charges including racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice, according to court papers. He could not be reached for immediate comment.

On a call with a wealthy parent, prosecutors said, Singer summed up his business in this way: “What we do is help the wealthiest families in the US get their kids into school. My families want a guarantee.”

US attorney Andrew Lelling, a US attorney, and other federal officials said in a media advisory they will unveil the charges at a news conference later in the day.

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