Rick Singer, the mastermind of the US college admissions scandal, was sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Wednesday.
The “architects or masterminds” behind the 2019 Varsity Blue Scandal, which exposed celebrities like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, among others, who paid for their children’s admission to prestigious American universities. According to sources, Singer, 62, received the longest sentence in the bribery conspiracy, which also resulted in the imprisonment of other renowned people, including Hollywood actress Felicity Huffman.
According to Sky News, Rick Singer paid off entrance exam authorities to inflate the test scores of rich and famous children. The singer was also involved in the US college scam by paying off coaches at prestigious US colleges such as Yale and Stanford. “It was a conspiracy that was breath-taking in its scale and audacity,” Assistant US Attorney Stephen Frank told the judge in a federal court hearing in Boston on Wednesday. It’s now the stuff of books and made-for-television movies.”
“This defendant was responsible for the greatest extensive fraud ever committed on the higher education system in the United States,” he continued. “I lost my ethical standards and have so much regret,” the disgraced admissions consultant told the judge during the hearings. Singer underlined his “ashamed” of himself in his plea to the federal magistrate.
What is the college admissions controversy in the United States?
The Varsity Blue Scam, often known as the college admissions scandal, broke out in 2019. According to the Guardian, at least 50 people have been charged in the case, including several celebrities, including Felicity Huffman from Desperate Housewives and Lori Loughlin from Full House. Singer took collected more than $25 million from his clients and paid $7 million in bribes, according to Assistant US Attorney Stephen Frank.
The incident began in 2011 when the musician paid off entrance exam administrators or protractors to alter the scores of his patrons’ children. Administrators were even persuaded to allow someone else to take the SAT and ACT examinations on behalf of the scandal’s kids. On the same day that the big case was made public, the scandal’s mastermind pleaded guilty in 2019. While prosecutors sought a six-year term, a federal judge in Boston sentenced him to three and a half years.