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Celebrity Parents and Coaches Charged in Vast College-Entrance Bribery Scheme

  • Bribes of as much as $6.5 million paid by parents, U.S. says
  • Yale, Stanford, Texas, USC implicated in admissions scandal
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Celebrities, CEOs Charged in College Exam Bribery Scheme
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Wealthy parents, university coaches and a college-admissions counselor were among dozens charged Tuesday in a sweeping criminal conspiracy that sought to help applicants win admission to elite schools including Yale, Stanford, UCLA and Georgetown.

The parents are alleged to have paid bribes to get their kids into school, giving cash to test-takers to help students cheat on entrance exams and paying coaches to designate applicants as athletic recruits. Parents paid from $100,000 to $6.5 million in bribes, with most payments around $200,000, according to prosecutors.