That celebrities were among the accused parents - actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman headline the list - created much buzz, but other parents charged included people prominent in law, finance, fashion, manufacturing and other fields - people who could afford the steep price.
They paid a bogus charity run by Californian William Singer more than $25 million (about R360 million) over seven years both to arrange for people to fix SAT and ACT entrance exams for their children, and also to bribe university sports coaches to recruit their children, even when the children were not qualified to play at that level.
Accused of paying $75,000 to have his daughter's college test score fixed, Caplan was was released on a $500,000 bond after a court appearance Tuesday, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of MA. The Silicon Valley investor has been charged with making a $50,000 charitable contribution in order to falsify his son's ACT test results and thereby get his son admitted to the University of Southern California.
Willkie Farr & Gallagher co-Chair and Hillary Clinton donor, Gordon Caplan, allegedly paid $75,000 to college coaches to have someone else take an admissions exam for his daughter, according to the indictment.
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Coaches, including the women's soccer coach at Yale University and the sailing coach at Stanford University, took between $200 000 and $400 000 to accept the students onto their teams.
USC fired senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and water polo coach Jovan Vavic.
The scam, which started in 2011, saw a total of Dollars 25 million paid as bribe.
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. None of the four accepted students played tennis competitively in high school.
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The long-time coach will enter a plea of not guilty, his attorney, Dan Cogdell, said.
"He does have really strong legs", McGlashan told Singer, according to charging records.
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.
USC's interim President Wanda Austin said about a half-dozen current applicants affiliated with Singer's firm will be barred from admission, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. "However, we will be undertaking an internal review to confirm that". It did not release information on what actions would be taken.
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No students were charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on. A former Yale soccer coach pleaded guilty before the documents went public and helped build the case against others.