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College Entry Scandal Came From an Unexpected Tip - Page 2

Financial exec in securities fraud probe told investigators of bribe request, hoping for leniency
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2019 11:40 AM CDT

  • Disabilities: Advocates for students with disabilities are among those particularly angered by the scandal, reports NPR. Part of the scheme allegedly involved getting students more time to take the SAT and other exams through false claims of a learning disability. That might involve phony documentation or the bribing of test proctors.
  • Telling tweet: Schools were scrambling over damage control, as outrage spreads among students or prospective students whose parents don't have deep pockets. Georgetown, for instance, says it will tighten scrutiny of athletic credentials, reports the Washington Post. The newspaper also notes that this tweet went viral at Princeton among low-income and first-generation students: "wow, it turns out money was the real Affirmative Action all along!"
  • No mug shots: Two of the big celebs caught up in the scandal are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. So where are the mugshots? The feds say they won't be releasing them, reports USA Today. It's not because of coddling, however; authorities say federal authorities typically release mugshots only when a suspect is still at large.
  • Costly: Loughlin's daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, is a YouTube vlogger with millions of followers, but being caught up in the scandal could cost her lucrative brand deals, reports Variety. Already, Hewlett-Packard has cut ties. The 19-year-old is a USC freshman, and her parents are accused of getting her in through shady means.
(The alleged mastermind says his scheme created a "side door.")

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