Latest College Bribery Plot headlines

Former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer.

‘At some point, I got lost,’ says former Stanford sailing coach sentenced in college bribery scandal

On Wednesday, John Vandemoer was sentenced Wednesday to one day in prison — time already served — plus two years of supervised release.

Boston, MA - 3/25/19 Steven Masera, center. Twelve defendants in the college admissions scandal arrive for their appearance in federal court. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 26college

Former accountant to plead guilty in college admissions scam

Court documents filed Friday show Steven Masera will also cooperate with authorities investigating the admissions scandal.

Robert Flaxman, 62, of Laguna Beach is among the parents who are set to plead guilty in US District Court in Boston to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, records show.

Three more parents plead guilty in nationwide college admissions cheating scandal

They are among 50 people charged in the scam.

Marcia and Gregory Abbott of Manhattan and Aspen, Colo., are among the parents pleading guilty.

Three more parents in college cheating scandal pleading guilty Wednesday

The defendants will each plead guilty to a sole count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, a felony that carries up to 20 years in prison, records show.

Agustin Huneeus, center, arrives at federal court Tuesday, May 21, 2019, in Boston, where he is scheduled to plead guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

N.Y. lawyer, Calif. wine mogul plead guilty in college admissions case

Attorney Gordon Caplan, 52, and wine mogul Agustin Franciso Huneeus Jr., 53, will enter their pleas in US District Court in Boston, records show.

Georgetown University’s campus in Washington.

Georgetown student linked to the college admissions scandal is now suing the school

Adam Semprevivo says he’s hardly the first student to gain admittance to Georgetown with padded credentials and says the school violated his due process rights.

Laura Janke walked out of court in Boston in March.

Ex-USC assistant women’s soccer coach pleads guilty in college scandal

Federal prosecutors have recommended that Laura Janke, who allegedly helped Lori Loughlin’s daughter get into USC as a phony crew recruit, serve 27 to 33 months in prison.

Felicity Huffman leaves Federal Court after her guilty plea.

Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions case

The tearful actress admitted her guilt in court in Boston on Monday. A prosecutor asked the judge to sentence Huffman to four months in prison and a $20,000 fine.

Felicity Huffman left federal court in Boston in April.

Read Felicity Huffman’s plea agreement

Huffman was charged as part of “Operation Varsity Blues,” which found that wealthy parents had allegedly cut large checks to facilitate their admission into elite colleges and universities.

California businessman Stephen Semprevivo departed federal court Tuesday in Boston, after pleading guilty to charges that he bribed the Georgetown tennis coach to get his son admitted to the school.

Georgetown dad admits he paid $400,000 for son’s admission

A Los Angeles executive became the third parent to plead guilty in the US college-admissions scandal, saying he paid a bribe to get his son into Georgetown University with a falsified profile as a tennis recruit.

The mother of Yusi Zhao, who attended Stanford, said through her attorney that she was tricked by William ‘‘Rick’’ Singer (center).

She paid a college consultant $6.5 million to get her daughter into Stanford. She said she was tricked

The mother of a Chinese student said she was unwittingly ensnared in a sprawling college admissions scandal.

The Virginia Academy of Fencing, in Springfield, Va., which Jack Zhao helped purchase.

Dad who bought Harvard fencing coach’s house also tied to real estate deal with youth fencing coach

Jie “Jack” Zhao’s company bought a Virginia fencing academy’s 40,000-square-foot building, valued at roughly $6 million.

Actress Felicity Huffman  leaves Federal Court.

LA’s elite on edge as prosecutors pursue more parents in admissions scandal

Federal prosecutors are pursuing a new set of parents in the college admissions fraud scandal, sending ripples of fear through elite circles in Southern California.

Actress Felicity Huffman left court in Boston earlier this month.

Felicity Huffman to enter guilty plea early in college admissions cheating scam

The Hollywood actress will formally plead guilty for participating in the college admissions cheating scandal eight days earlier than expected.

William “Rick” Singer.

Mastermind of college admissions cheating scandal asks court for permission to visit son

A lawyer for William Rick Singer, requested that his client be allowed to travel to Missouri to visit his son, who wasn’t named.

Aidan Clarke attended a few college soccer camps — at a cost of up to $500 apiece — before calling it quits. He and his father, Dan, said Aidan got little instruction.

College admissions are still easier for the wealthy and well-connected — and it’s perfectly legal

The glare of the Varsity Blues scandal has obscured the vast ecosystem of other ways that the connected get a leg up.

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli (left).

Parents charged in college admissions scandal lose bid for new judge

Attorneys representing a dozen parents had accused prosecutors of evading the court’s system of randomly assigning criminal cases.

Actress Felicity Huffman left court in Boston on April 3.

Felicity Huffman scheduled to plead guilty on May 24

Huffman announced Monday that she would plead guilty to paying $15,000 to have a proctor rig her daughter’s college entrance exam score.

Felicity Huffman left the Boston federal courthouse last week. “My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and . . . I have betrayed her,” Huffman said in a statement.

Felicity Huffman among 13 parents to plead guilty in admissions scandal

The Hollywood actress is the biggest name to agree to a plea deal in “Operation Varsity Blues,” according to a document filed Monday in federal court in Boston.

Boston, MA - 4/3/19 Actress Felicity Huffman (cq) leaves court. More parents accused of bribery in the college admissions scandal appear at federal court. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 04collegescandal

Read Felicity Huffman’s statement on pleading guilty in college admissions scandal

“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions,” the actress said.

 Sophie Yee, 17, waited for her partner during a training session at Bay State Fencers in Somerville on Friday.

For local fencing community, whiff of scandal sparks shock — and jokes

Fencing — that quaint, age-old endeavor of donning armor, a sword, and quietly prodding away at an opponent — has been a stranger to controversy.

Harvard fencing coach Peter Brand sold his home for an unusually high price to the father of a teen eyeing admission to the university.

Harvard will train coaches on conflicts of interest after home sale

Fencing coach Peter Brand sold his home for an unusually high price to the father of a teen eyeing admission to the university. He remains the team’s coach, Harvard said Friday.

Boston, MA - 4/3/19 Gordon Caplan (cq) leaves court. More parents accused of bribery in the college admissions scandal appear at federal court. Photo by Pat Greenhouse/Globe Staff Topic: 04collegescandal

Second parent to plead guilty in bribery scandal

A New York attorney announced Friday that he will plead guilty to paying a college consultant $75,000 to boost his daughter’s standardized test score.

The house at 212 Forest Street.

See key documents in the Harvard fencing coach’s home sales, annotated

See documents related to the sale of Peter Brand’s Needham house to Maryland businessman Jie Zhao, and Zhao’s sale of the home at a substantial loss.

The campus of University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Dentist charged in college admissions scandal lost book deals because of case, lawyers say

A judge has, however, allowed Homayoun Zadeh to travel abroad for speaking engagements while his case is pending.

The house at 212 Forest St.

He bought the fencing coach’s house. Then his son got into Harvard

The Needham house was assessed at $549,300, but sold for nearly a million dollars. The buyer, who never lived a day there, would sell it 17 months later at a substantial loss in what may become the next chapter in the national debate over fairness in college admissions.

Actresses Lori Loughlin (left) and Felicity Huffman are among 13 parents scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston on Wednesday amid a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal.

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin appear in Boston court in college cheating scandal

Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among 13 parents scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston on Wednesday.

Know about college admissions wrongdoing? Tell us

In light of the recent college admissions scandal, we’re looking for the public’s help better understanding how families and students play the admissions game.

Clockwise, from upper left: Elisabeth and Thomas Kimmel, Gregory Abbott, Agustin Huneeus, William McGlashan Jr., and Michelle Janavs all appeared in federal court in Boston on Friday.

More parents in admissions scandal appear in court in Boston

The suspects who appeared Friday were among 50 defendants charged in the scheme.

Felicity Huffman in 2017.

Another lawyer joins Felicity Huffman’s defense team in college admissions scandal

The screen star is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud for allegedly paying to facilitate cheating on her daughter’s SATs.

Lori Loughlin.

Lori Loughlin, husband ordered to appear in federal court in Boston on April 3

Loughlin and her fashion designer husband have been granted a delay for their initial appearance in federal court on charges in the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal.

Actresses Lori Loughlin (left) and Felicity Huffman.

Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin tap high-powered lawyers in college admission scandal

Among the defense lawyers going to bat for the actresses are a former Enron prosecutor, a lawyer for pop icon Paula Abdul, and one of the most sought-after attorneys in Boston.

USC in Los Angeles.

Calif. mom and dad allegedly used Facebook stock holdings to help pay bribe in college admission plot

Davina Isackson, 55, of Hillsborough, Calif., made her initial appearance in US District Court in Boston today.


How college-admissions scheme exploited tax code to hide bribes

The families involved are accused of getting a tax deduction for their illicit payments.

“I will take experience over status any day of the week,” said Chase Andrews, an Endicott College junior who has had three internships and is applying for others.

Can you ever hope to find success and happiness if you don’t go to an elite college?

Hint: Yes.

Cindy Yang posed with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida in 2018. She ran a business that promised access to American politicians, including Trump.

Big donations, high ambition, and massages

Cindy Yang was little known outside southern Florida until her name became associated with last month’s arrest of Robert Kraft.

Harvard historian Jonathan Square curated the exhibit “Slavery in the Hands of Harvard.” His own 2019 work, “Freedom Papers?”, is shown at right.

Jeneé Osterheldt | Commentary

College degrees, freedom papers, and the admissions scam we all fall for

While we are asking ourselves about the access the wealthy have to education, we also have to look at the worth we assign to academic institutions.

Wake Forest University is among those institutions named in the admissions scandal.

Renée Graham

America’s real affirmative action program

There’s no greater system of affirmative action in America than the one designed to benefit the wealthy and well-connected, especially if they’re white.

David Sidoo left the Moakley Courthouse after his arraignment.

Former Canadian football player pleads not guilty in college scam

Prosecutors say David Sidoo paid $200,000 to have someone take the SAT for his two sons. He was released on $1.5 million bail after appearing in court in Boston.

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, center, poses with daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, and Isabella Rose Giannulli at the 2019

Opinion | Aimee Ortiz

Rich kids cheating in college doesn’t stop at admissions

As one of the “poor kids” who walked Boston University’s campus not too long ago, I can tell you that the wealthy’s gaming of the system does not stop at admissions.

Bono (second from right) and TPG’s Bill McGlashan (far right) appeared at a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January.

Larry Edelman | Commentary

Bono’s partner in ethical investing falls from grace in admissions scandal

Bill McGlashan took socially responsible impact investing to the next level with the $2 billion Rise Fund. Now he’s lost his job for allegedly paying $300,000 in bribes to get his son into college.

William “Rick” Singer’s charity, Key Worldwide Foundation, has been issued a cease and desist letter in California.

Mastermind of college bribery scam donated far and wide

At least eight colleges as well as a private high school and numerous nonprofit organizations received donations from William “Rick” Singer’s shadowy charity.

Jay Bacrania is the cofounder of Signet Education, a Cambridge-based college counseling company.

Bribery scandal puts college counselors on edge

The private college advising industry is largely unregulated, with no requirements for licensure or credentialing.

Erica Olson and Kalea Woods say they were denied a fair opportunity to gain legitimate admission to elite colleges, and that their Stanford degrees were devalued, by criminal racketeering charges leveled by federal prosecutors.

Stanford, Tulane, Rutgers students file lawsuit in college bribery case

USC, Yale, and UCLA were among the colleges targeted by the Stanford University students, who are seeking class status.

William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman have been linked to the college admissions scam.


College-admission scandal lesson: Just because celebrities have great images doesn’t mean they’re actually great people

In light of the college admissions scam and so many other recent scandals, it’s time to remember what we already know.

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the 5th annual People Magazine

Lori Loughlin loses starring roles on Hallmark Channel

The company initially took a wait-and-see approach after a federal investigation of the scam involving more than 30 parents was revealed.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Olivia Jade Giannulli, Isabella Rose Giannulli and Lori Loughlin attend WCRF's

Sephora drops YouTube star Olivia Jade Giannulli over college bribery

Cosmetics company Sephora says it’s dropping its social-media relationship with actress Lori Loughlin’s daughter, 19-year-old Olivia Jade Giannulli, after her parents were charged.

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Why paying bribes to get your child into college is a crime

All parents want their children to get into the best possible college. But paying bribes to have them admitted to elite schools as athletes clearly crosses the boundary.

University Hall on Brown University's campus in Providence, R.I., is seen Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe)

Brown says athlete review finds no concerns

A Brown University spokesman says the Ivy League school found ‘‘zero concerns’’ related to the college admissions scandal.

One of David Sidoo’s sons was admitted to the University of California in Berkeley.

Ex-football player in Canada charged with paying $200,000 to hike test scores for sons

Prosecutors say David Sidoo paid to have someone take the SAT in place of his two sons, who were admitted to Chapman University and Cal, Berkeley.