College Admissions Scandal


Jenna Evans

     This month it was revealed that there has been widespread fraud going on in the world of college admissions. This story has gotten extra attention because several people involved are Hollywood celebrities. Lori Loughlin, known as Aunt Becky on Full House and Fuller House, and her husband, businessman Mossimo Gianulli, have been charged with fraud for their roles in this scandal. Loughlin and Gianulli had a combined bail set at two million dollars after it was discovered that they allegedly paid $500,000 to secure their daughter, Olivia Jade, a spot at the University of Southern California (USC). Loughlin also allegedly claimed that both her daughters were qualified to be on the USC crew team when neither of them had ever rowed before.

    Felicity Huffman, known for her role in Desperate Housewives,  has also been named as a part of this scandal. She allegedly paid to have her daughter’s SAT scores altered so she would be accepted to certain schools. William “Rick” Singer is one of the main players in this scandal. He altered test results and helped transfer money for bribes. Singer had a supposedly charitable fund set up for disadvantaged children, but he was using that money to bride college admissions boards and test administrators.

     On March 12 Singer pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud, and obstruction of justice. Crimes were committed or bribes accepted by coaches, test administrators, and admissions board members. Some of the high profile schools involved in this scandal include Yale, USC, Georgetown, and Stanford. The US Department of Education has opened an investigation into these schools among others.