University Corruption in the United States: Mastermind Network Condemned

Justice passed Wednesday, January 4, Almost four years since the scandal began. American businessman William “Rick” Signer He was sentenced to three and a half years in prison in federal court in Boston for fraud A case of bribery in university admission“the longest ruling in this case that has shaken the American higher education system,” reports The Guardian American Channel CNN on January 4th.

More than seven million dollars in bribes

William “Rick” Singer was the head of the network of wealthy parents who were “willing for anything” to get their children into some of the most prestigious universities in the United States, such as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, USC, Texas, University of California and WakeForest. They paid large sums to cheat on standardized exams, bribed college coaches and administrators who had influence over admissions, and then lied to the authorities.

The “Singer” system is named after the fraudster who was convicted by US courts. He was the mediator between parents and faculty of prestigious universities.

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William Singer used his university setting and consulting business known as The Key and its associated charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, to carry out his plan. According to the prosecution, he thus received more than $25 million from his clients, paid bribes of more than seven million dollars, and diverted, spent, or used more than $15 million for himself.

Dozens of people participated

The defendant pleaded guilty to “conspiracy to racketeering, conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice in March 2019.” In addition to his three and a half year prison sentence, William Singer was sentenced to three years in prison under supervision and more than ten million dollars forfeited. He must report to jail on February 27, CNN explains.

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The case broke out in March 2019. Then the US authorities arrested W More than 50 people have been chargedAnd Including the trainersand reviewers, business leaders, and actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

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With a few exceptions, most of the defendants pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison terms ranging from weeks to months. Actresses Felicity Huffman Lori Loughlin was sentenced to 14 days and two months in prison, respectively. Former Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison, the second heaviest sentence in the case after William Singer.

By Carolyn Lairs Tavares

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