William Singer is the man behind the college admission bribery scheme, that got celebrities such as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman arrested.
Singer who goes by ‘Rick’ pleaded guilty to federal charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
The celebs are among at least 50 people charged over the scheme which basically consisted on William Singer charging rich parents for helping their kids cheat on entrance exams and getting non-athletic students admitted on fake athletic scholarships.
“Wealthy parents paid Singer about $25 million in total to guarantee their children’s admission to elite schools,” said Andrew E. Lelling, US Attorney, District of Massachusetts.
Singer is currently free after posting a $500,000 bond and is due to be sentenced on June 19.
Williams Singer has been described by the FBI as the mastermind of the nationwide college admissions scandal. He designed the scam collecting tens of millions of dollars from it.
Singer registered a college prep company in California and took payments to get students in colleges across the country. The 58-year-old is listed as the owner of Edge College & Career Network LLC, a for-profit college counseling and preparation business.
Singer, a Newport Beach resident, also ran The Key Foundation, whose mission according to its website “is to provide guidance, encouragement, and opportunity to disadvantaged students around the world.”
Many of his clients allegedly made contributions to Singer’s nonprofit in return for getting their kids into schools – the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said Tuesday in a press release.
Mr. Singer ran the business approximately 2011 and February 2019. But he wasn’t alone, he allegedly conspired with athletic coaches, a university athletics administrator, and others, to secure the admission of students.
According to the Key Foundation page, singer calls himself a “dedicated father and coach who understands the pressure put on families surrounding college acceptances.”