William Rick Singer, founder of the for-profit college preparatory business Edge College & Career Network, also known as "The Key", is reputed to be the mastermind behind one of the biggest scams in the US ever hit in the US and made great efforts – including expensive fees – to make sure that their customers' demands were met.
Singer, 58, was referred to as the "ringleader" behind the system and reportedly garnered around $ 25 million from dozens of individuals, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin For nearly a decade, principals and government officials punished their children for bribing their children Recruits to ensure that they are admitted to world-class colleges, prosecutors say.
The businessman in Newport Beach, California, agreed to plead before the Federal Court in Boston Tuesday against indictment, including reckless conspiracy and obstruction of justice. As part of his guilty plea, Singer said he would pay at least $ 3.4 million to the US states, reports The Boston Globe.
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Singer refers to The Key's website as a dedicated father and trainer who understands the pressures exerted on families, who accept the acceptance of colleges. The Key describes itself as "the largest private coaching and college consulting firm in the US."
"As the founder of The Key, I've spent the last 25 years helping students discover their passion for life and their families through the intricate labyrinth Leading for Admissions As a key method, our coaches help unlock the full potential of your son or daughter and get them on a life-enhancing course. "Singer explained online and provided biographies for seven other" coaches. "
Andrew Lelling, US attorney for reports alleged that the District of Massachusetts claimed that Singer's customers paid him "somewhere between $ 200,000 and $ 6.5 million" for his unique services.
19659003] The parents of aspiring students have teamed up with a college admissions counselor to defeat the system and ensure that their students have been admitted or had a better chance of being admitted to certain colleges or universities, including Yale, Stanford, Te xas, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest and others.
"According to the loading documents, Singer facilitates the cheating of SAT and ACT exams for his clients by instructing them to seek longer time for their children in the entrance exams for the college claiming to have learning disabilities to the children In some cases, the US Department of Justice explained in an online statement.
"Singer would meet the wishes of the parents."
However, this was just one of many ways Singer made sure that students in elite schools like Yale, Stanford, Texas, UCLA , USC, Wake Forest and others.
"Singer would meet the wishes of the parents," Lelling said, adding, "It seems the schools are not involved."
The prosecutors say the counselor represents the parents that the system has more than 800 Had been successful.
As CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF), he claimed to be a nonprofit organization. Bribes were disguised as donations to KWF up to $ 75,000 per SAT or ACT exam. The Department of Justice said that many students did not know that their parents had staged anything.
"This is a case where [the parents] your wealth has been flaunted, and no expense has been spared to cheat the system so that they can provide their children with the best money they can buy for Success, "said Joseph Bonavolonta of the FBI Boston Field Office in a press conference on Tuesday.
A total of 50 people – including more than 30 parents and nine coaches – were charged on Tuesday for filing the case.
Katherine Lam, Travis Fedschun and The Associated Press of Fox News contributed to this report.