Oh, Aunt Becky! Don’t you know lying and committing mail fraud is really bad?
If you ever looked at some of the children of the wealthy or celebrities and wondered how they just happened to get into prestigious colleges, this might just answer your question.
And really, it’s like we already knew all long but just couldn’t prove it until now…
Celebrities Lori Loughlin And Felicity Huffman Are Among The 40 Charged In A College Exam Cheating Scheme.
Yes, you read that right, they CHEATED their child’s way by allegedly paying to get their kids admitted to prestigious schools based on false claims and they are paying the price for it.
According to a spokesperson for the United States Attorney’s Office, Huffman and Loughlin’s husband were taken into custody this morning and are expected to appear in court this afternoon.
An arrest warrant for the pair — and dozens of others — was issued on March 11 in Boston, Massachusetts for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
The alleged scheme involved getting students admitted to elite colleges and helping potential students to cheat on their college entrance exams.
Boston’s U.S. attorney, Andrew Lelling, called it the largest-ever college admissions scam prosecuted by the Justice Department.
Of the 50 people charged as part of the FBI’s Operation Varsity Blues, 33 were parents, officials said, warning that the investigation is ongoing and that others could be charged.
The colleges in question included Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, the University of San Diego, USC, University of Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale.
So, was it that one of the kids eventually was caught not being able to play the sport they were recruited for and that unraveled this entire thing?
Cheating included getting kids into competitive universities as recruited athletes, even if they didn’t play the sport they were supposedly being recruited for.
It even went as far as people paying other students or test officials to either take college exams or to fudge the numbers to ensure the children of the wealthy passed with flying colors.
Well, no and in fact, this was all caught my accident.
The massive scheme was discovered accidentally by the FBI while working an unrelated undercover operation, officials said. That tip led to a sprawling, nationwide corruption probe.
WOW! Talk about a good accidental find.
And here’s the thing, the FBI has proof!
Recorded calls, emails, and even a former head coach of Yale’s women’s soccer team, who pleaded guilty in the case nearly a year ago and has since been helping FBI agents gather evidence. That coach, Rudolph Meredith, allegedly took a $400,000 bribe to pretend to place a student on the team and help get her into the school, even though the student did not play competitive soccer.
I believe Andrew Lelling (Boston’s U.S. Attorney) said it best:
“These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege,”. “This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud. There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy, and I’ll add there will not be a separate criminal justice system, either.”
Good for him!
I mean, I get that the wealthy can actually PAY for their kids to school while the rest of us are taking out student loans and living on ramen.
However, I do not believe that money should be an automatic factor on whether a child (with no actual work on their part) can get into an elite school.
That is complete unfairness and such a kick in the face to everyday American’s just trying to get a good education in hopes one day, they can obtain a better career and pay.
Overall, I can’t say I am surprised that this happened. I am just glad that this is actively being pursued because I believe everyone should have a shot at quality education with the ability to attend a prestigious college whether or not they come from a wealthy family.