by Kenneth Schortgen, Shotgun Economics:
As the American people start to digest several recent education fraud scandals across the country that involved elementary and preparatory students being given grades and diplomas they didn’t actually achieve, a new bombshell scandal announced in March 12 is about to encompass the University system as well. And rather than this one being school districts in Atlanta or Baltimore pushing through minority students who weren’t eligible to graduate, this one involves wealthy elites buying their way into prestigious colleges when their scores didn’t merit their acceptance.
Federal prosecutors announced that they were charging dozens of people, including famous actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, in an alleged scheme to help students get admitted to colleges under false pretenses on Tuesday. They are being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. 38 people have reportedly been arrested thus far.
Prosecutors are alleging that the individuals charged tried to bribe college entrance exam officials in order to cheat on admissions tests and that some conspired to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as “recruited athletes”. Athletes can sometimes get preferential treatment.
Among the colleges involved were Georgetown University, Yale University, Stanford University and University of California Los Angeles, according to a WSJ writeup. Charitable organizations were used as fronts for the bribery payments, according to authorities. A Newport Beach college counseling business, the Edge College & Career Network LLC, was named as the main facilitator of the bribes.
More than $6 million in bribes were paid, according to The Daily Mail, who also reported that “[Lori] Loughlin and her husband ‘agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team'”. Loughlin’s husband Mossimo Giannulli has also been charged. It was also reported that Huffman paid a $15,000 charitable contribution. Her and her husband William H. Macy had planned to do the same for a younger daughter of theirs later this month, according to reports. –Zerohedge
It appears that education is no longer about learning the necessary skills to be able to choose a vocation which will help you through your adult life, but rather a scheme where getting the right name of a school on your diploma is what is now vital at all costs… legal or illegal.