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The millionaire track

American prosecutors uncover a 哥哥的爱huge university-admissions scam

Bribe styles of the rich and famous

THE FBI called it Operation Varsity Blues. It was an investigation centred on William Singer, an enterprising col万和热水器售后电话lege counse学历认证llor, who earned $25m from all manner of powerful people by fraudulently securing spots for their children at highly selective universities like Stanford and Yale.兰溪,「经济学人」United States-College admissio,融 Among his clients charged with crimes were Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, two well-known actresses; Gordon Caplan, the co-chairman of an international law firm; and William McGlashan, a Silicon Valley妖精的旋律 private-equity executive who champions ethical investing.

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To grease the lucrative 美丽修行scheme, M兰溪,「经济学人」United States-College admissio,融r Singer bribed proctors of admissions exam地震网s to fake scores and bribed athletics officials to accept wealthy children with concocted sports rsums, according to court documents unveiled by兰溪,「经济学人」United States-College admissio,融 federal prosecutors on March 12th. The lur兰溪,「经济学人」United States-College admissio,融id details have provoked embarrassment for universities and Schadenfreude for the public.

There is also an entirely legal way to corrupt the elite admissions system, which for some reason generates less outrage. Mr Singer grasped this dynamic: There is a front door “which m父与子eans you get in on your own” and a “back door” secured by multimillion-dollar donations to universities, he explained in a recorded call to a client. What Mr Singer did—for 761 buyers, he claimed—is create a “side door” by bribing university officials and faking test scores that would achieve the same resul木香的成效与效果t at one-tenth of the cost. In马赛克日本 effect, his scheme granted mere multimillionaires access to the billionaires’ entrance.

Getting in through the side door was a sordid undertaking. According to prosecutors, Mr Singer bribed Rudy Meredith, then a women’s soccer coach at Yale, to accept a student who did not play competitive soccer. The relatives paid $1.2m for the slot. Ms Laughlin, one of the actresses, and her hus兰溪,「经济学人」United States-College admissio,融band paid $500,000 to get their daughters, both Instagram influencers and minor celebrities in their own right, designated as crew-team recruits for the University of Southern California—despite the fact that neither one rowed. Mr Caplan, the international lawyer, allegedly faked a learning-disability diagnosis for his daughter and paid $75,000 for a boosted admissions score. The prosecutors, who flipped Mr Singer, enumerate several other jaw-dropping tales, backed up with 夏目友人账wiretaps of the 兰溪,「经济学人」United States-College admissio,融various notables admitting the finer details of the schemes.

Rich children are already unfairly advantaged in the game of elite university admissions. They start out with stabler families, better schools and helpful networks. Elite American colleges then operate a large, entirely legal affirmative-action programme for the rich. Most highly selective American universities indulge青岛地图 in “legacy preferences”—positive discrimination for relatives of alumni—that disproportionately benefit the already rich. Such universities also have lax standards for recruited athletes, which helps rich children. Opportunities to row, fence or play golf do not abound in the ghetto.

Funding a new building just as a mediocre child appli无心法师2es to college, in the hope of boosting their adm王安石的诗ission chances, remains perfectly legal so long as there is no established quid pro quo. The strategy seems common and successful. Emails recently revealed by a lawsuit show one Harvard dean “simply thrilled” about admissions decisions because one unnamed person had “already co兰溪,「经济学人」United States-College admissio,融mmitted to building and building” and two others “committed major money for fellowships.”

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The result is that, for all the paeans sung to racial diversity, socioeconomic diversity in the ha血色曼陀罗之魄月岁月llowed ivy quadrangles remains woeful. A survey conducted by Yal郁金香图片e’s student newspaper found that twice as many students come from families in the top 5% of the income distribution as from the entire bottom half.

This article appeared in the United States section of the print edition under the headline "Bribe styles of the rich and famous" (Mar 14th 2019)

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