Nationwide College Cheating Scandal - Actresses, Business Owners Charged, Mar 2019 - #3

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  1. Herat

    Herat Well-Known Member

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    Yeah.

    This sure follows the Narcissist as the Victim paradigm
     
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    cluciano63 Well-Known Member

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    Didn’t anyone notice the plethora of rowers and other lesser-followed sports all of a sudden...:)
     
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    Herat Well-Known Member

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    Was there even an accountability system to these admissions? Did the coaches have a roster of all of their names or did the fake participants just disappear from notice without action from the coaches? Is this what Singer knew- that only a few coaches / trainers needed to be paid off and no one else any higher up?

    Certainly coaches would have easily seen that names on their roster never showed up or if they did, were clearly not qualified or interested. I have a feeling that there was a lot of "one of those again" shoulder shrugging and that coaches understood something like this went on but didn't want to put their jobs on the line to report it to USC administration.

    I assume there was no requirement for them to account for the progress or continued academic competency of these participants, unlike the big money sports like football and basketball where it really paid to keep an academically poor but sportwise excellent player in the roster.

    I think USC Administration must have accountability for ALL these students to fulfill the honor that was given them for their outside academic "accomplishments"
     
  5. JerseyGirl

    JerseyGirl Staff Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    Michael Center, 54, the former tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin, who accepted $100,000 in bribes in the college admissions scam pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud on Wednesday.

    The student was admitted to the university in 2015 and was even granted a scholarship to pay for his books. After he was admitted, the student withdrew from the tennis team and renounced his books scholarship.

    The father of the student, who is not named, donated more than $600,000 in stock to Singer's fake charity, Key Worldwide Foundation.

    An employee of Singer, acting at his direction, purchased a cashier's check for $25,000 payable to Texas Athletics using that money.

    Singer also sent Center a $15,000 check payable to "Texas Athletics Attn: Michael Center," and then flew to Austin, Texas, and gave Center $60,000 in cash.

    Center was fired as UT's men's tennis coach after he was charged in the case last month.

    College admissions scam: Former University of Texas tennis coach pleads guilty to taking $100,000 bribe - CNN
     
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    JerseyGirl Staff Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    The U.S. Attorney’s Office is asking to move up actress Felicity Huffman’s change of plea hearing to May 13. (She was scheduled to return to Boston May 21, but prosecutor Eric Rosen today informed Judge Indira Talwani he will be unavailable that week.)

    Huffman could be sentenced to up to 20 years in federal prison, but Rosen is expected to recommend a far kinder punishment that still involves some incarceration.

    Feds ask to move up Felicity Huffman's change of plea hearing to May 13
     
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    mickey2942 Well-Known Member

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    Lori Loughlin reportedly 'shocked and saddened' at college admissions scam ruining her 'legacy'

    The entitlement mentality is epic in this article. And I truly believe this, Loughlin really didn't think what she did was so awful. She was just doing what she wanted, for her children, she thought it was okay. She wanted USC for her daughters, she bought it, just like you would buy shoes or jeans for your kids.

    The reality factor that buying something like this, a place based on merit, with bribes, is finally beginning to sink in...maybe.
     
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    JerseyGirl Staff Member Staff Member Forum Coordinators

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    USC announced a revamped admissions process for prospective student-athletes in the wake of the national college admissions scam.

    The new procedures include a three-tiered review from the head coach, the senior sports administrator overseeing the team and the USC Office of Athletics Compliance before being sent to the admissions staff. The head coach will then certify in writing that the student is in fact being recruited for his or her athletic abilities. Athletic rosters will also be audited at the beginning and end of each academic year and cross checked with admissions lists.

    College admissions scam: USC announces changes to student-athlete admissions process
     
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    Blondie in Spokane Well-Known Member

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    From your link Mickey:

    “The insider added that Loughlin, 54, and husband Mossimo Giannulli didn't grasp the scope of what they were doing when they allegedly paid $500,000 for their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella, to get into University of Southern California(USC).”

    “You read the complaint and they look like criminal masterminds,” the insider said. “But they really didn’t know the legalities of what was going on. They’re not lawyers and they’re not experts. They were parents who simply wanted to make sure that their daughters got into a good school.”

    (Poor Lori & Mossimo......they didn’t know bribery was wrong. This is all just a big misunderstanding!)
     
  10. JanetElaine

    JanetElaine Well-Known Member

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    I finally got a chance to read the article and came here to comment on exactly this part. And this:

    "“Calling in favors, donating money to the alumni association, hiring consultants. Those are all things that parents do. And so they gave money to this consultant, not entirely knowing everything that was going to be done," the source explained. "When it all fell apart, nobody was as surprised as they were that they were in trouble.”"

    Such baloney. They had their daughters pose for 'rowing pictures', caused a scene in the guidance counselor's office and got cautioned not to do it again because they might out the whole scheme, and were in phone calls with Singer where they clearly knew their so-called charitable donations were all that - so-called.

    Please. Just because I didn't graduate from USC doesn't mean I'm too dumb to see through lies. :rolleyes:

    MOO

    Oh and in case anyone forgot (are you listening, Lori and Massimo?), here's what actually happened ('allegedly'):

    Lori Loughlin Allegedly Discussed With Scam Ringleader How to Explain Her Bribe to the IRS

    "“I just want to give you a heads-up that my foundation is being audited,” Singer — identified as a cooperating witness in the affidavit — allegedly said to Giannulli in one conversation. “They asked me about your 2 payments of $200,000. And, of course, I’m not gonna say anything about your payments going to [crew coach] Donna Heinel at USC to get the girls into USC, through crew.”

    “Sure,” Giannulli allegedly responded.

    “So I just want to make sure our stories are the same, and that your $400K was paid to our foundation to help underserved kids.”

    In a subsequent call with Loughlin, Singer allegedly repeated the information about the IRS. Loughlin allegedly agreed that they would tell the IRS that the money they paid was a charitable donation, and not used to secure Olivia Jade’s spot at USC.

    “So we just have to say we made a donation to your foundation and that’s it, end of story,” Loughlin allegedly said."
     
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    Families from China were among those who allegedly paid the most in the college admissions scandal, a new sign of the reach of the cheating ring.

    One Chinese family allegedly paid $6.5 million to William “Rick” Singer, the California-based college counselor who has admitted to masterminding the scheme, according to a person familiar with the matter.

    Another was the family of a student—referred to in court filings as “Yale Applicant 1”—who paid $1.2 million to secure her admission to Yale University. The student is 21-year-old Sherry Guo, who moved to Southern California from China to attend high school, her lawyer confirmed.
    In College Admissions Scandal, Families From China Paid the Most
     
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    Ah, there we go. The 6.5 million dollar people.
     
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    Let me guess, because the term “bribe” wasn’t explicitly used? They are reminding me of Jussie Smollett now.
     
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    Not putting Huffman on a pedestal but at least she acknowledged her guilt.
    Aunt Becky is ignorant.
    She asked Singer what to tell the IRS in case they were audited then she understood what the law is.
    Perhaps she should remember her speech to her tvland hubby, Jessie, when he was trying to get their tv twins into preschool deceptively.
     
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    Has anyone heard if Hubby's Tarjay brand has taken a hit? I wonder if the store is still selling Mossimo?
     
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    Herat Well-Known Member

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    Mossimo sold the brand for something like $50 million so he suffers no ills if his stuff doesn't sell at Target.

    I think he had time on his hands and the transition from popular IGer to successful product-endorsing blogger was likely his doing. As was the product line that they had contracted with Sephora to promote, as well as all the other paid product placement she was doing (such as the Amazon one in her USC dorm room, a Hewlett-Packard commercial both Lori and OJ were in, etc).

    We see how toxic her brand became quickly, so the entire Gianulli family must not be too happy about this.
     
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    Thanks for the info Herat ^
     
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    There is another family from China who is caught in the scandal (other than the $6.5 million family). This second family paid $1.2 million.

    "Guo (the student) moved from China to the US as a teen to attend high school in California, and hoped to attend Columbia University or Oxford University, her attorney, James Spertus, told the Journal.

    But Singer told her would be going to Yale instead — which she didn’t find weird because she was 'so unfamiliar with how people apply to schools in the U.S.,' Spertus claimed.

    'Rick Singer’s instructions to her didn’t seem as out of place as they would to a student who grew up in the United States and has more of an expectation of free choice,' he told the paper."

    https://nypost.com/2019/04/26/chinese-family-paid-6-5m-to-admissions-scam-mastermind/
     
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