Officials said they were involved in the nation's largest-ever college admissions bribery case prosecuted by the Justice Department.
William "Rick" Singer said he had the inside scoop on getting into college, Getting In: Gaining Admission To Your College of Choice. 19659005] "This book is full of secrets," he said in Chapter 1 before dispensing advice on personal branding, test-taking and college essays.
But Singer had even bigger secrets, and those would cost up to $ 1.2 million.
Federal prosecutors disclosed those secrets in a courtesy paper Friday, March 30, 2009 Singer with the author of a multi-million dollar scheme to review tests and bribe college coaches. Yale, Georgetown, and Stanford.
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Singer, 58, of Newport Beach, Calif., Pleaded guilty, money laundering, tax evasion and obstruction of justice in a federal courtroom in Boston.
It is a spectacular endorsement of a high school graduate student.
A 204-page affidavit from an FBI agent has been published.
'It's not an art. It's a science. '
But there's a legitimate side to the business, Hendershot said. In addition to the book collaboration, she worked for Singer's coaching students on their college application essays.
Hendershot said she felt tremendous pressure from parents to write her sons 'and daughters' essays for them. "I would not do that. That's a hard line for me," she said.
But one time, she said, Rick told a high school student to write an essay about his experiences.
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"The kid is very nervous, very upset," Hendershot told USA TODAY. But it was literally sitting in a mansion when he said it to me. "Rick had been telling him for weeks to write this essay
Singer submitted the fictional essay.
The cover of Rick Singer's self-published book, "Getting In: Gaining Admission to Your College of Choice," published in 2014 (Photo: The Key)
Hendershot said she often met the students at their homes in the wealthy neighborhoods of Orange County, where Singer thus lived in a $ 2.6 million Spanish-style home just off the Newport Beach Pier. "They're all mansions or McMansions," she said. "Views of the back bay, custom-built, somebody-thinks-they're-Frank-Lloyd-Wright houses."
As a ghostwriter, Hendershot collaborated with Singer on two books, but they did not discuss the project because of a confidentiality agreement
"I've been coaching students on the process for 26 years," Singer wrote in his self-published book Getting In . "I'm one of the people who decides who gets in and who does not." I'm a practitioner of that mysterious art.
"It's not an art. It's a science. "
Getting into the 'side door'
Singer called" side doors "to get his clients into college under a court-approved warrant, Singer described the process.
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"What we do is we help the most prosperous families in the US get their kids into school, "he said." They want guarantees, they want this thing done. They do not want to mess around with this thing. And they want to be at certain schools. So I did 761 what I would call, 'side doors.'
"It's a front door, which means you're in the middle of it." And I've created it this side door in.
"Because the back door, when you go through institutional advancement, as you know, everybody's got a friend, who knows somebody who knows somebody but there's no guarantee, they're just gonna give you a second look.
"Gordon Caplan, the parent of a college-bound daughter."
"Every time," Singer said.
They both laughed.
Caplan, 52, is the co-chairman of international New York-based law firm Willkie, Farr & Gallagher $ 75,000 Singer arranges for a test proctor to change the answers to his daughter's ACT Neither Caplan nor
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In the wiretapped conversation, Singer told Caplan to get his daughter tested by a psychologist and to tell her "to be stupid"
Singer then arranged for the daughter to fly to West Hollywood, California, to take the test because he had a proctor who would be in on but Singer said the process was designed so tha
"She does not even know that it happened," he said, according to an FBI transcript. "It wants to happen as though, she wants to think she's really super smart, and you've got a test, and now you've got a score." There are lots of ways to do this amenable to doing it. "
Starting as a basketball, softball and tennis coach in Sacramento, Singer started recruiting and eventually started a business in the growing industry of private college counselors. He founded Future Stars in Sacramento before selling and joining the Money Store, a West Sacramento home equity lender, and then managed call centers.
He later founded the CollegeSource, charging $ 1,500 to $ 2,500 a year for in-home college counseling with high school students and their parents. He's boasted of a network of well-placed college and philanthropic officials on his advisory board.
One of them was Ted Mitchell, then president of the Occidental College and now president of the American Council on Education. In a 2005 profile in the Sacramento Business Journal, Mitchell gave Singer a glowing endorsement.
"Rick has an encyclopedic knowledge of colleges and universities in America," Mitchell told the newspaper. "Far more important, Rick is really good at getting the heart of what kids and families want – and finding the right match."
Mitchell could not be interviewed announcement of charges. "If these allegations are true, they violate the essential premise of a transparent and transparent college admissions process." This alleged behavior is antithetical to the core values of our institutions, defrauds students and families, and has absolutely no place in American higher education. "
Singer's most recent venture was formally known as Edge College & Career Network LLC, but Singer simply called it "The Key."
"It's up for debate," said Brooke Daly, who said she'd never.
He took the title of CEO and master coach, and described it as "the world's largest private life coaching and college counseling company."
heard of Singer before Tuesday. And she would have: She's president of the Higher Education Consultants Association. The 1,000-member organization has an ethical code that prohibits advisers from making guarantees for placement or working on commission.
"There is exponential growth in this field of college consulting," she said.
Parents are going to have a hidden sense of health best-fit college, said Daly, who's the founder of Advantage College Planning in Raleigh, NC
'Singer's criminal scheme to bribe college coaches and doctor admissions tests began even before he legally incorporated The Key in 2012, federal prosecutors said. So, created a charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, that said it's "prosecutors" to college officials in order to secure a placement.
In some cases, prosecutors Singer paid off at the Admission slot for sports students did not even play – including a soccer coach at Yale and tennis coach at Georgetown. Sometimes, photos of athletes were doctored using Photoshop.
The FBI affidavit is full of transcripts of wiretapped conversations in which parents eagerly agreed. Singer as a cooperating witness
"Let me put."
Singer assured that he's done this thing of a hundred times.
"Let me put it differently: If somebody catches this, what happens? " Caplan asked him.
"I'm not going to tell anybody," Caplan said.
They both laughed.
"The only one who can catch it is you tell somebody."
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