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FBI busts actresses, CEOs in college admissions scam

Hollywood actors, including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and a slew of chief executives are among 50 people charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scam, according to court records unsealed in Boston Tuesday.

Those indicted allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into elite colleges, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.

"Beginning in or about 2011, and continuing through the present, the defendants -- principally individuals whose high-school age children were applying to college -- conspired with others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children's admission to colleges and universities in the District of Massachusetts and elsewhere, including Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California, and the University of Southern California -- Los Angeles," the indictment said.

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

The 200 pages of charging documents in the case were unsealed in Boston federal court.

According to the charging papers, Huffman "made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 ... to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter."

"Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so," the documents allege.

Federal agents secretly recorded telephone calls with Huffman and a cooperating witness, according to the court papers.

The documents say actress Lori Loughlin -- best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the ABC sitcom "Full House" -- and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, "agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team -- despite the fact that they did not participate in crew -- thereby facilitating their admission to USC."

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What happened to running this country under socialism with these types? Everyone was suppose to be a peg and nothing more, yet the rich expect to pay their way to greater things.

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I guess Felicity must've been DESPERATE! LMREO.

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Gee, how can a thing like this happen when our nation's universities are supposed to be brimming over with liberal, leftist, commie professors brainwashing our children into hating the capitalist value system?

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2 hours ago, Sgt_Markoff said:

Gee, how can a thing like this happen when our nation's universities are supposed to be brimming over with liberal, leftist, commie professors brainwashing our children into hating the capitalist value system?

No need to scratch yer head over it.The answer is easy peazy.The leftist liberal commie professors love money more than they hate capitalism.;)

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The Story Behind Jared Kushner’s Curious Acceptance Into Harvard

ProPublica editor Daniel Golden wrote a book a decade ago about how the rich buy their children access to elite colleges. One student he covered is now poised to become one of the most powerful figures in the country.

 

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-story-behind-jared-kushners-curious-acceptance-into-harvard

(11-18-16)

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2 minutes ago, mr6666 said:

The Story Behind Jared Kushner’s Curious Acceptance Into Harvard

ProPublica editor Daniel Golden wrote a book a decade ago about how the rich buy their children access to elite colleges. One student he covered is now poised to become one of the most powerful figures in the country.

 

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-story-behind-jared-kushners-curious-acceptance-into-harvard

(11-18-16)

LOL!!!

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2 hours ago, jakeem said:

There's an age-old tradition that's resulted in many undeserving rich kids winning admission to universities they couldn’t have gotten into on their own. One beneficiary is currently working in the White House

http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/03/jared-kusher-college-admissions-story-shady-but-legal.html?utm_source=tw&utm_medium=s1&utm_campaign=nym

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2 hours ago, jakeem said:

I wrote #KushnerInc in part to pierce the narrative that Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have been moderating influences on the president. They are far from stabilizing forces. They are, in fact, his chief enablers. I show that in example after example in my book.

You are what you are.

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How the Rich Really Play, “Who Wants To Be An Ivy Leaguer?”

A ProPublica editor who investigated how the rich buy their children’s way into elite colleges reflects on the latest scandal—and remembers when affluent readers mistook his expose for a “how-to” guide.

"2006 book, “The Price of Admission: How America’s Ruling Class Buys Its Way into Elite Colleges — and Who Gets Left Outside the Gates,” was intended as a work of investigative journalism.

But many of its more affluent readers embraced it as a “how to” guide. For years afterward, they inundated me with questions like, “How much do I have to donate to get my son (or daughter) into Harvard (or Yale, or Stanford)?” Some even offered me significant sums, which I declined, to serve as an admissions consultant.

They may have been motivated by a tale I told in the book about a youth whose admission to Harvard appears to have been cemented by a $2.5 million pledge from his wealthy developer father. The then-obscure Harvardian would later vault to prominence in public life; his name was Jared Kushner......

 

the parents charged in the current case followed customary practices of the entitled: hiring a private counselor, getting test help and participating in a patrician sport. The difference is that they allegedly took blatant short cuts: The counselor was unscrupulous, a stand-in secretly took the tests and the applicants didn’t actually play those sports.

But, without the tilted system of preferences already in place, the parents would have had to choose a different route — or actually let merit determine their children’s college destiny. "

https://www.propublica.org/article/college-admission-bribe-rich-parents-ivy-league-how-to

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Just now, Sgt_Markoff said:

Gee, how can a thing like this happen when our nation's universities are supposed to be brimming over with liberal, leftist, commie professors brainwashing our children into hating the capitalist value system?

Hollywood celebs are simply hypocrites is all.

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16 minutes ago, NipkowDisc said:

Hollywood celebs are simply hypocrites is all.

Says the man who conveniently ignores all the postings about Trump's son-in-law getting his education paid for the same way to only concentrate on the rich and entitled that he chooses to criticize.

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If Jared's daddy went to Harvard he likely would have figured out a way to get his

dumb bunny son in by paying a lot less than 2.5 million. Never underestimate

the value of an Ivy League education.

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2 hours ago, NipkowDisc said:

Hollywood celebs are simply hypocrites is all.

 

Cheating in school to get into college is old news but nothing on this scale. :blink:

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9 hours ago, MovieMadness said:

I had a feeling the ones with TDS would post something about the Trump family.

For someone obsessed with Obama with his every third posting, that is rich.

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Slew of business executives out after being charged in college admissions scam

Those charged include the chief executive officer of Hercules Capital, a former Pimco head, and the co-chairman of an international law firm.

Manuel Henriquez has resigned as Chief Executive Officer of Hercules Capital and TPG executive William McGlashan has been placed on indefinite leave at the private equity firm after they were accused in a scam to help their children get into top colleges.

The two were among 50 people charged in what investigators said was a $25 million bribery scam.......

The University of Southern California also reportedly fired two athletic department employees — senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and water polo coach Jovan Vavic — for allegedly taking bribes of more than $1.3 million and $250,000, respectively, to help kids get in as athletic recruits.

Other business executives charged included Agustin Huneeus, head of Huneeus vineyard in Napa Valley, California; Gordon Caplan, co-chairman of international law firm Willkie Farr; Douglas Hodge, a former CEO of Pimco; and Robert Zangrillo, CEO of Dragon Global, an investment company whose website says it’s managed more than $1 billion in companies that have over $500 billion in market value today..........

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/slew-business-executives-out-after-being-charged-college-admissions-scam-n982871?cid=sm_npd_nn_tw_ma

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There seems to be an emphasis in the headlines and news stories about the names of the famous and not-so-famous affluent people who tried to use their power and influence and, yes, boodles of money, to get their kids into colleges and universities through bribery.

But to me they are people, understandably, trying to help their kids. That they do so on the backs of the less affluent who may have children more deserving is, of course, a disgraceful comment on the class system (based on, what else, money) that exists in America.

But to me the real villains in this tale are those so called respectable individuals in the centres of learning who accepted those bribes. These are the individuals who, as has already been reported in some cases, should be fired and, what's more, of course, prosecuted. Because of their greed they proved themselves unworthy of their positions of influence, betraying their centres of learning and the hard working kids less affluent who deserve access to higher education.

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On 3/13/2019 at 8:03 AM, TomJH said:

For someone obsessed with Obama with his every third posting, that is rich.

:o

I thought Obama was NO LONGER PRESIDENT!  And so then...

NO LONGER RELEVANT! :rolleyes:  I mean....

I recall that even in the midst of GW Bush's SECOND TERM, the right was STILL griping about BILL CLINTON! 

Anyway, it's not really news that the wealthy used their money and any other influence to get their kids into elitist, high profile Ivy league  colleges. Bot left AND right-wingers.  This is more about classism, instead of political ideology, so cut the ignorant sounding "right-left" bluster.

I'd also like to know...  are ALL of these celebrity's kids NOT ordinarily college material?  Or just not "status school" material?  

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13 minutes ago, Sepiatone said:

I'd also like to know...  are ALL of these celebrity's kids NOT ordinarily college material?  Or just not "status school" material?  

Sepiatone

They are all future global warming scholars.

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