• The 6 Wildest Details From the College Cheating Scandal Court Documents

    From Elizabeth Paige Laurie@21:1/5 to All on Tue Mar 19 19:32:21 2019
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    Liberal Democrats, too lazy and stupid to compete
    scholastically. This is the result of the present day inferior
    California school system, once the envy of the entire free
    world, after 40 years of Democrat control and parasitic
    socialist union infestation.

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    Spring has sprung, and so has a new season of scam. CEOs and
    actresses have been indicted in a scheme that included bribing
    standardized test administrators and college athletic coaches to
    fabricate information about applicants to elite colleges that
    would ensure their admission. No, this isn’t the old “donate a
    library” situation — this is the new “fake your kids’ test
    scores and athletic abilities” situation.

    According to court documents released today, a college
    counseling company called the Key engaged in a variety of scams
    on behalf of applicants at the behest of their parents, often
    without the kids’ knowledge. Scams included paying off SAT and
    ACT test administrators to correct the responses of the real
    test-takers for a higher score, having someone take the test in
    place of the kids and replace the scores (a man named Igor was
    noted as a particularly good test faker), or paying off college
    coaches to flag applicants as athletic “recruits,” even when the
    applicant did not even play that sport.

    In the documents we obtained from the U.S. District Court in
    Massachusetts, these tactics were sometimes referred to as the
    “side door.” In some cases, the parents expressed distress at
    the thought of their kids or other parents finding out what was
    going on. Well, it’s kind of hard for these things to stay
    private when a lot of racketeering occurred using Gmail.

    Thirty-three parents have been charged, including actress Lori
    Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli; and actress
    Felicity Huffman. Huffman’s husband, William H. Macy, was not

    Below, we rounded up some of the craziest info in the
    affidavits. For your reading convenience, references to CW-1 in
    the indictment refer to “Cooperating Witness 1.” CW-1 is
    described as “an individual who participated in the scheme. CW-1
    founded, and together with others operated, the Key and “KWF.”
    KWF stands for “the Key Worldwide Foundation,” the “charity”
    through which some of the payments were funneled.

    Ruh Ro!
    In one exchange with CW-1, Huffman realized she had gotten
    herself into a pickle. A counselor from her daughter’s high
    school told her via email that she would proctor the test
    herself (instead of having Huffman’s daughter sit for the test
    at one of the specialized testing centers arranged by the
    company, where the tests were fixed). The indictment states,
    “Huffman forwarded the e-mail to CW-1 with the note, ‘Ruh Ro!
    Looks like [my daughter’s high school] wants to provide own

    Another great detail: In one exchange between Huffman and CW-1,
    CW-1 informs Huffman that the guy who took a standardized test
    for Huffman’s older daughter had to reschedule because he had
    just had a baby when her younger daughter was about to take the

    2,150 shares of Facebook paid for one scheme, then were written
    off as charitable donation
    In the indictment, a set of parents referred to as “the
    Hillsborough Parents” apparently “donated 2,150 shares of
    Facebook, Inc. stock to KWF as a purported charitable donation …
    the Hillsborough Parents filed personal tax returns that falsely
    reported total gifts to charity … a sum that included the
    purported contribution to KWF.”

    Benchwarmer, but make it convincing
    In one email, a parent named Sloane was concerned that if their
    child was recruited for athletics and went to practice, it would
    become obvious that the child was “a clear misfit.” The parent
    asked in an email to an employee of the company that organized
    the scams,“Would the other kids know [my son] was a bench warmer
    side door person?”

    Photoshop was involved to make nonathletic kids appear athletic
    Some cases involved Photoshopping pictures of kids playing
    sports that they did not play. For example, one parent “e-mailed
    CW-1 a photograph of his son purporting to play water polo, with
    his right arm and upper torso exposed above the water line. In
    the e-mail, Sloane asked, ‘Does this work??’ CW-1 responded:
    ‘Yes but a little high out of the water-no one gets that high.’”

    And other kids magically grew
    In some cases, the company fabricated the physical profiles sent
    to coaches. The affidavit reads, “The basketball profile created
    by Janke falsely listed Macfarlane’s son’s height as 6’1’’ and
    indicated that he played on his high school’s varsity basketball
    team … a personal statement for Macfarlane’s son, drafted by CW-
    1 but ultimately not submitted to USC, described how he knew
    that his height (5’5’’) would be a detriment to making his high
    school’s varsity basketball team.”

    “This is not TJ Maxx or Marshall’s or something like that.”
    But be warned: This scam is not easy. CW-1 chastised one parent
    for assuming that all it took to get their child a spot at
    Stanford was CW-1 giving the Stanford sailing coach $160,000.
    The parent asked “[inaudible] all it takes?” CW-1 replied,
    “So–no, no, no, no. That’s not all it takes. … This is not TJ
    Maxx or Marshall’s or something like that.”

    *Correction: A previous version of this post erroneously stated
    that actor Douglas Hodge was indicted in this case. He was not,
    the indicted was ex-Pimco CEO Douglas Hodge.

    https://www.vulture.com/2019/03/college-cheating-scandal-court- docs-felicity-huffman-lori-loughlin.html

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