One is the wife of a former
And, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday, they were willing to pay almost anything to get their children into the country's most elite universities.
It didn't take long for the
Bribery. Deception. Faked athletic profiles. Paid-off proctors. Cheating on the SAT.
Along with the astonishing details, one by one, the names and secrets surfaced of more than a dozen
In phone calls recorded by the
"You know, I am so paranoid. ... I don't like talking about it on the phone, you know,"
The list includes
On a secretly recorded call, he discussed using Photoshop to make a fake profile for his son as a football player in order to help him get into
The man in the middle of the scheme is
Singer even used
"What we do is we help the wealthiest families in the
Many of the students had no idea of their parents' skulduggery. "He can never know,"
The accused also include
In another case outlined in the indictment,
To those in the world of college admissions, it comes as little surprise that so many on the list come from the status-flaunting pressure cooker of
"So very excited my daughter Charlotte will be attending
"I don't think it has to do with education. It has to do with social standing," said
On the other end of the scheme, the indictment said, were college athletics coaches from
Heinel was to recruit his daughter as a water polo player, the indictment says.
"You understand that (my daughter) is not worthy to be on the team," Huneeus told Singer. At another point, he says, "but I just want to confirm. She actually won't really be part of the water polo team, right?"
"No, no," Singer says. "She doesn't have to do anything."
At one point, Huneeus complained that the person who sat in the SAT exam in place of his daughter earned only 1380 out of a possible 1600, which was in the 96th percentile nationally.
"If you had wanted to, I mean, (my daughter's) score could have been 1550, right?" Huneeus asked Singer.
"No," Singer responded, "'cause I would have got investigated for sure based on her grades."
From the indictment, it's clear some tried to shield their children from their manipulations, while others made them complicit.
After McGlashan arranged for a proctor to take his son's ACT test, which resulted in a score of 34 out of 36, he tried to arrange a similar scam for his two younger children.
"Here's the only question, does he know? Is there a way to do it in a way that he doesn't know that happened?" McGlashan asked about his son.
"Oh yeah," Singer responded.
The Henriquezes of
When Singer started working with federal agents to ensnare his former clients, he contacted
"Of course," she replied on tape, adding in a droll twist, "Those kids have to go to school."
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