Financial Titans and Influential Lawyers Charged in College Admissions Scam

Elena Summers
March 16, 2019

He says authorities believe other parents were involved.

Ernst has not coached the Georgetown tennis team since December 2017, following an internal investigation that found he had violated University rules concerning admissions, according to the Georgetown statement.

Center was placed on leave Tuesday when federal officials unveiled indictments of a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal.

A company named the Edge College and Career Network acted as a conduit for parents to bribe to test administrators or school sports coaches, who would assist their children in gaining undeserved admission to prestigious universities, including Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, the University of Texas and University of Southern California (USC) and University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Prosecutors filed charges against 33 parents Tuesday, including "Fuller House" actress Lori Loughlin and "Desperate Housewives" veteran Felicity Huffman.

USC released a statement on Tuesday, saying the university "has not been accused of any wrongdoing and will continue to cooperate fully with the government's investigation". Some parents spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, as much as $6.5 million, to guarantee their children's admission, officials said.

Loughlin's lawyer Perry Viscounty declined comment outside the courtroom, where a day earlier her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was freed on similar terms.


Center is due in federal court in Boston on March 25.

"These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege", said Andrew Lelling, the USA attorney in Boston, Massachusetts where the case was announced.

"We will make informed, appropriate decisions once those reviews have been completed", the university said.

Bill McGlashan, the managing partner of TPG Growth and CEO of the social impact The Rise Fund - co-founded with U2's Bono and Jeff Skoll - was also among the many individuals charged in the college admissions scam.

Some attempted to ply the sport and then quit; some claimed injuries and never joined the teams, others, Lelling said, "simply never showed up" to play.

Though Vandemoer stands accused of taking bribes in exchange for recommendations of two prospective students ($110,000 for one kid and $500,000 for his replacement), the school claims that neither stayed long at Stanford.

"He does have really strong legs", McGlashan told Singer, according to charging records. She added that the university had identified at least $1.3 million in donations from those alleged to have been involved in the scheme, and those funds will be redirected to scholarships for underprivileged students.

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