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The scheme was as brazen as it was elaborate: Dozens of wealthy
parents, according to court documents filed Tuesday, paid
millions of dollars in bribes to secure the admission of their
children into elite universities.
Test scores were inflated, essays were falsified and photographs
were doctored, all in an illicit effort to gain entry to schools
such as Yale, the University of Southern California and
“We help the wealthiest families in the U.S. get their kids into
school,” said William Singer, the founder of The Edge College &
Career Network, in a phone call with a parent he was helping to
cheat, according to the charging documents. “There is a front
door which means you get in on your own. The back door is
through institutional advancement, which is 10 times as much
money. And I’ve created this side door in.”
Here is how Mr. Singer helped dozens of parents, including high-
profile Hollywood actors and wealthy business leaders, get their
children into top schools, according to the charging documents.
Parents claimed their children had learning disabilities.
Mr. Singer would instruct parents to seek special circumstances
for their children to take the SAT or ACT, the required
standardized tests for acceptance to four-year universities.
Parents would use medical documentation to claim their children
had a learning disability. The students would then be given a
chance to take the tests in a room with only a proctor, and
sometimes over two days. Then they would sign up to take the
exams at either a public high school in Houston or a private
college prep school in West Hollywood, two locations that Mr.
Singer said he “controlled.”
Mr. Singer would tell clients to come up with a reason they
would be in Houston or Hollywood, such as for a bar mitzvah or a
Stand-ins were paid to cheat on standardized tests.
Parents paid between $15,000 and $75,000 to Mr. Singer’s company
so their children could be helped in one of three ways: Someone
else would take the SAT or ACT exams for the student; a person
would serve as the proctor and guide the students to the right
answers; or someone would review and correct the students’
answers after the tests were taken.
In one case, according to the documents, Felicity Huffman, an
actress, told Mr. Singer her daughter’s high school had its own
exam proctor in mind.
In many cases, the students were not aware of the cheating.
Elisabeth Kimmel, the owner of a media company, used Mr.
Singer’s services twice, first for her daughter in 2012 and then
for her son in 2017, according to the documents. Her daughter
attended Georgetown as a purported tennis recruit, and her son
was accepted to the University of Southern California as a track-
But he was caught off guard during orientation.
Handwriting samples were provided.
According to the documents, Jane Buckingham, who owns a boutique
marketing firm in Los Angeles, agreed to pay $50,000 to Mr.
Singer’s company so that someone other than her son would take
the ACT. But the proctor would need to write the essay portion
in a handwriting that mimicked her son’s.
University coaches and administrators were paid to secure
According to the charging documents, after the exams were scored
high enough so that the students became competitive applicants,
the parents paid bribes — structured as donations to the
university and funneled through The Key — to university coaches,
who would identify their children as athletic recruits.
[Read the full list of who has been charged here.]
Students’ faces were photoshopped onto athletes’ bodies.
A doctored image of the daughter of Agustin Huneeus Jr., the
owner of several vineyards in Napa and elsewhere, was edited
onto a picture of a water polo player, and described as a
varsity athlete who had earned a team M.V.P., according to the
Athletic accomplishments were faked
In many cases, bogus achievements were added to college
applications. In one case, the documents showed, a teenage girl
who did not play soccer was identified as a star player. In her
application, she was described as the co-captain of a prominent
club soccer team in Southern California and was accepted as a
recruit for the women’s soccer team at Yale.
Payments were disguised as charitable donations.
After acceptance into their chosen universities, according to
details outlined in the charging documents, the parents would
make significant payments to Mr. Singer’s company. The payments
— often hundreds of thousands of dollars — were disguised as
donations and would be funneled through the organization to the
universities, the documents said, allowing the parents to claim