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Son Whose Dad Paid $400K in Admissions Scam Sues School

Adam Semprevivo sues Georgetown

(Newser) - Los Angeles executive Stephen Semprevivo pleaded guilty last week in the college admissions scam, admitting he paid $400,000 to the leader of the bribery scheme in an effort to get his son, Adam, into Georgetown. Now Adam is suing the Washington DC university, where he just finished his junior... More »

William H. Macy Wasn't With Felicity Huffman for Guilty Plea

Actress will be sentenced Sept. 13

(Newser) - Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty Monday in the college admissions bribery scheme, the biggest name to do so in a scandal that has exposed the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities. The Emmy-winning actress, 56, could face prison time... More »

$6.5M College Bribery Mystery May Have Been Solved

Sources say Chinese parents paid to get daughter into Stanford

(Newser) - It was the big unanswered question in the college admissions bribery scandal—who paid $6.5 million , far more than any other parents, to get their kid into college? Sources tell the Los Angeles Times that the parents in question are those of Yusi Zhao, a Chinese student who was... More »

Lori Loughlin, Husband Want to See Evidence Against Them

A motion was filed Monday in the case

(Newser) - The next hearing in the case against 17 parents charged in the sweeping college admissions bribery scandal isn't until June 3, but one tidbit about the case's progress emerged Monday by way of a motion filed by the parents. In it, they're requesting to see the prosecution'... More »

Prosecutors Want Felicity Huffman to Go to Prison

She faces 4- to 10-month sentence in college admissions bribery scandal

(Newser) - Prosecutors want to see Felicity Huffman admitted to prison for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal. They say the actress should serve between four and 10 months in federal prison for paying a consultant $15,000 to have her daughter's SAT answers altered, according to court documents... More »

Lori Loughlin, Husband Enter Not Guilty Pleas

They filed court documents in Boston Monday

(Newser) - Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli are pleading not guilty in the college admissions bribery scam. The AP reports Loughlin and Giannulli said in court documents filed Monday in Boston they are waiving their right to appear in court for an arraignment and plead not guilty.... More »

Now Lori Loughlin Hit With Money Laundering Charge

Along with 15 other parents, including her husband

(Newser) - Felicity Huffman was among the 13 prominent parents who agreed to plead guilty Monday in the college admissions cheating scandal; Lori Loughlin and her husband were not in that group, and their situation just got more intense. The AP reports that instead of just facing a single charge of conspiracy... More »

Felicity Huffman, 12 Other Parents to Plead Guilty

One coach also agrees to a plea deal

(Newser) - Actress Felicity Huffman has agreed to plead guilty in the sweeping college admissions cheating scam that has ensnared wealthy parents and athletic coaches at some of the nation's most selective universities, federal authorities said Monday. The Desperate Housewives star and 12 other prominent parents will admit to charges in... More »

Stanford Expels Student Embroiled in Admissions Scandal

Student had falsified sailing credentials, the university says

(Newser) - The only Stanford student known to be associated with the massive college admissions scandal has been expelled from the university, the Stanford Daily reports. The female student, whose identity hasn't been released, was admitted through the standard process—not as a recruited athlete—but her application included falsified sailing... More »

Olivia Jade Is 'Very Angry' With Her Parents

Or so a source tells People magazine

(Newser) - Lori Loughlin's daughter wasn't exactly a babe in the woods when it came to the college admissions scandal, a source tells People . "She would have never gone along with it if she thought this would happen," the source says of Olivia Jade, whose USC admission allegedly... More »

House Sale 'Makes No Sense' —Until Admissions Scandal

Harvard investigating sale of coach's home to father of 2 students

(Newser) - The modest home on a quarter-acre lot in Needham, Mass., had been assessed at $549,300. When it sold for $989,500 in May 2016, Needham's top assessor was surprised to find it "in bad shape." Of the sale, he simply noted: "Makes no sense."... More »

Huffman, Loughlin Make First Court Appearances

Neither entered a plea

(Newser) - Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin made their initial appearances in Boston's federal court alongside other wealthy parents Wednesday to face charges in the college bribery scandal that has roiled the world of admissions and amplified complaints the system is stacked in favor of the rich. The two... More »

Yale Cancels Offer to Student Over Admissions Scandal

University is also conducting a wider inquiry

(Newser) - Yale has withdrawn its offer to a student after an internal review prompted by the college admissions scandal. A university spokesman says the university has found the process to be tainted for that unnamed student and one other who was not offered a spot, the Yale Daily News reports. He... More »

Big Question About College Scandal: Who Paid $6.5M?

'Los Angeles Times' digs in, but mystery parent still unidentified

(Newser) - We know in great detail how parents such as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are alleged to have gotten their kids into college through bribes . But as the Los Angeles Times notes, one big mystery still hangs over the college admissions scandal: Who on earth paid $6.5 million to... More »

Dr. Dre Deletes 'Strange Brag' About His Kid Getting Into USC

She got in 'on her own,' says dad who donated $70M

(Newser) - Dr. Dre is a proud man—his daughter, Truly Young, got into the University of Southern California, and unlike some other celebrity parents , he didn't have to pay somebody to bribe coaches or facilitate cheating on exams. But the hip-hop legend may have gone too far with what Mashable... More »

Stars in College Bribery Scandal Lawyer Up

Huffman, Loughlin hire high-powered Boston lawyers

(Newser) - Celebrity parents accused of trying to buy college admission for their children have bought themselves some top-notch legal representation. Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have hired some of the most high-powered lawyers in Boston, where they have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in connection with the scandal,... More »

Loughlin, Huffman Named in $500B Lawsuit

That's with a B. As in billion

(Newser) - A California mom is suing Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman, and others allegedly involved in the college admissions scandal—for no less than $500 billion, the LA Times reports. Jennifer Kay Toy of Oakland alleges in her suit that conspirators kept her son, Joshua Toy, from getting into several universities: "... More »

Loughlin's Daughter 'Never' Went to School

Olivia Jade Giannulli let the remark slip on YouTube

(Newser) - Already queasy over the college admission scandal? You might want a paper bag. Lori Loughlin's daughter not only said last year she was at the University of Southern California just to party—she joked in 2018 that she was "never" at high school, People reports. "I'm,... More »

Yale Dad Wore Wire to Expose Admissions Scam

Morrie Tobin sought leniency in securities fraud case: WSJ

(Newser) - The college admissions scandal might never have been revealed had a Los Angeles dad not been accused of securities fraud . Financial executive Morrie Tobin was being questioned about a scheme to inflate the price of owned stock and sell it at a profit when he told federal authorities that the... More »

Judge to Loughlin in Bribery Case: You Can Go

The Hollywood actor is released on $1M bond

(Newser) - A federal judge says Full House actress Lori Loughlin can be released after posting $1 million bond in a case in which she and her husband are accused of paying bribes to get their daughters into college, the AP reports. Loughlin stood with her lawyer in the Los Angeles courtroom... More »

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