May 29, 2020

Wealthy parents now facing scrutiny in college admissions fraud cases

You may have recently heard about the fraudulent charges against Lori Loughlin, who was accused of paying bribes in exchange for having her daughters designated as two of the recruits on the USC crew team. She’s not the only person who has been accused of this kind of misconduct. Take for example a parent in Pennsylvania accused of paying $50,000 in bribes to get his daughter into Georgetown University.  The man, a former biotech executive from Ambler, is one of the many people who has been caught up in the Department of Justice’s college admission’s cheating scandal investigations. 

Today, dozens of parents are facing scrutiny for taking unusual methods to get their kids into elite schools. Some are linked to William Singer, a now-famous man who is accused of helping parents fraudulently create athletic profiles for their children and for manipulating ACT and SAT scores.

In this father’s case, he hasn’t been linked to Singer, but he is accused of paying $50,000 directly to the school’s coach to make sure that his daughter would become a recruit for the school’s tennis team. He already pleaded guilty, and the prosecution will recommend a prison sentence of 10 months as well as a $40,000 fine and supervised release as part of a plea deal arrangement.

Committing fraud to get your child into a school is not the best idea, and it can come back to haunt you. Presently, many wealthy parents are facing allegations. If you’re accused of participating in fraud, it’s essential that you take the time to defend yourself. The Department of Justice is cracking down on college admissions cheating, so you will want to do what you can to prevent serious consequences.

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