College coaches, others indicted in admissions bribery case
Two notable people with connections to San Diego have been charged in “Operation Varsity Blues.” Former owner of KFMB-TV, Elisabeth Kimmel, and Del Mar resident and businessman Toby MacFarlane. KUSI’s Logan Byrnes and Dan Plante have the details in the video below.
Furthermore, the indictment also reveals a University of San Diego coach is entangled in the scandal. The school has issued a statement in response to the news, and KUSI’s Ashlie Rodriguez asked some of the students how they felt about others cheating to get in.
BOSTON (AP) — College coaches and others have been charged in a sweeping admissions bribery case unsealed in federal court.
The racketeering conspiracy charges unveiled Tuesday were brought against the coaches at schools including University of San Diego, Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.
Media Communications Assistant Vice President from University of San Diego, Pamela Gray Payton, released a statement:
“The University of San Diego has been cooperating with the United States Department of Justice’s investigation involving an alleged criminal conspiracy to facilitate cheating on college entrance exams and admission into colleges and universities.
We have no reason to believe that any members of our admissions team, our administration or staff, or our current coaching staff were aware of or involved in the alleged wrongdoing. We believe the federal government agrees with this assessment.”
Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability.
Prosecutors say parents paid an admissions consultant $25 million from 2011 through February 2019 to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as recruited athletes to boost their chances of getting into schools.
Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were also made to make students look like strong high school athletes when they actually weren’t.
Authorities say the consulting company also bribed administrators of college entrance exams to allow a Florida man to take the tests on behalf of students or replace their answers with his.
Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin among the more than 40 people charged in nationwide college admissions cheating scandal.
The full list of defendants and charging documents from the United States Justice Department can be read here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/investigations-college-admissions-and-testing-bribery-scheme