Dozens implicated in U.S. university admissions fraud

This image provided by the FBI shows the wanted poster for Monica Witt

She was among dozens swept up in what prosecutors called the largest college admissions fraud scheme they'd ever seen.

Riddell didn't return several phone calls seeking comment. Singer pleaded guilty Tuesday, and his lawyer, Donald Heller, said his client intends to cooperate fully with prosecutors and is "remorseful and contrite and wants to move on with his life".

Mr Meredith, who accepted a $400,000 bribe from Mr Singer, is due to plead guilty, prosecutors said.

Thirty-three parents, including actor Lori Loughlin, were charged, as well as 13 coaches and associates of Singer's business.

The elaborate scheme involved bribing the administrators of college entrance tests to allow a child's wrong answers to be corrected and bribing university athletic coaches to attest a child was a gifted athlete even if he or she was anything but.

Some parents spent hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars and some as much as US$6.5 million to guarantee their children's admission, officials said.

Prosecutors said that on a call with one parent, Singer summed up his business thusly: "What we do is help the wealthiest families in the USA get their kids into school ... my families want a guarantee".

Moreover, at least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents, many of them prominent in law, finance, fashion, and other fields, were charged.

Huffman posted a $250,000 bond after an appearance in federal court in Los Angeles.

Standing before the judge, Huffman made it clear she understood the charges before her. Macy was not charged, but authorities did not say why.

It was unclear when Full House star Loughlin would turn herself in.

A Hallmark Channel spokeswoman said the network hasn't decided what effect, if any, her arrest will have on programming.

The coaches worked at schools such as Yale University, Stanford University, Georgetown University, Wake Forest University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Stanford's sailing coach John Vandemoer pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston.

In many cases, the students were not aware their parents had arranged for the cheating, prosecutors said, although in other cases they knowingly took part.

The alleged masterminds of the scam and parents who paid into it could all face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud", Lelling said Tuesday.

Lelling said the investigation is continuing and authorities believe other parents were involved.



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