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13 March, 2019, 06:31 | Author: Delia Walker
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The accusations say some of the efforts attempted to get athletic scholarships and others paid for high test scores.

William Singer, who played a prominent role in the nationwide bribery scheme, used his company, Edge College & Career Network, as an intermediary between university officials and parents to give their children an advantage.

If you want to get into it, the 200-page charging documents have been unsealed.

'I'm absolutely responsible for it, ' Singer said in court. 'And that occurred very frequently'.

More than 40 people have been charged in connection with an alleged college entrance cheating scam - including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.

Additional payments were allegedly made for their younger daughters' acceptance to USC bringing the estimated total bribe for admission of Loughlin & Giannulli daughters to $1.4 million.

Those charged in the case allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their children into college.

Thomas says this bribery scheme underlines how important people think it is to go to a college with name brand recognition. Huffman also discussed the scheme in a recorded phone call with a cooperating witness, the indictment said.

A law enforcement source confirms to CNN that Huffman was arrested in Los Angeles.

Because the con included around parents getting their children recruited as athletes, a number of college coaches have been charged as well.

John Wilson was indicted in the Southern District of Texas for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, the Justice Department said.




He was indicted for conspiracy to commit racketeering.

CNN has reached out to all three defendants.

Another defendant is a Greenwich, Connecticut, resident who is an attorney at a NY global law firm.

"The Key's clientele is all referral based; consequently, the quality of the service provided to numerous world's most renown families and individuals has provided an incredible foundation for The Key to grow its offerings worldwide", the website says.

Cheating on entrance exams.

Coaches from Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, USC, Wake Forest and other schools were allegedly involved. CNN has reached out to all of the schools. ABC News' efforts to reach Riddell for comment has not been successful as of Tuesday evening.

"As founder of The Key, I have spent the past 25 years helping students discover their life passion, and guiding them along with their families through the complex college admissions maze".

Federal prosecutors said the scheme had two major pieces. "Georgetown cooperated fully with the government's investigation".

"We understand that the government believes that illegal activity was carried out by individuals who went to great lengths to hide their actions from the university. USC is conducting an internal investigation and will take employment actions as appropriate".

- Bribing college coaches or athletic administrators to make it appear the students were athletes being recruited to the school, including creating fake athletic credentials. The real victims, he said, are the "hard-working students who did everything they could" to get accepted into those schools, but "ended up being shut out because far less qualified students and their families bought their way in".

Singer sent Meredith a check for $400,000 in January 2018 after the applicant was admitted, authorities said. Then, Singer paid Mark Riddell, another defendant, to bribe the two exam administrators, prosecutors said. Which operated from 2011 through January of 2019.

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