Varsity Blues

College Admissions Bribe Scandal: Georgetown U. and Obama Family Tennis Coach Faces Additional Charges

A former Georgetown University tennis coach is facing additional charges in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal this week. Coach Gordon Ernst, who has also served as the Obama family tennis coach, now faces three counts of federal programs bribery, three counts of filing false tax returns, aiding and abetting wire and mail fraud, and racketeering conspiracy amongst other charges.

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College Admissions Bribe Scandal: Chinese Mother Sentenced for Cheating UCLA System

A wealthy Chinese national living in Canada was sentenced to her time served of approximately five months in prison and a $250,000 fine for paying a bribe to have her son admitted to UCLA. The woman worked with William “Rick” Singer,” who pled guilty to being the mastermind of the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scheme, to have her son admitted as a soccer recruit even though he had never played competitive soccer.

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USC Will Offer Free Tuition to Families Earning Under $80,000

The University of Southern California announced this week that it will offer free tuition to admitted students from families earning less than $80,000. The university is following the lead of institutions like Harvard University that offer free tuition for low-income families.

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Student Demand Answers from Parents After College Admissions Bribe Scandal

The children of those involved in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal now want answers from their parents. In one case highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, Devin Sloane was arrested in connection with a bribe he made to have his son admitted to a top school, leaving his son wondering why his father didn’t believe in him in the first place.

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California Mother Pleads Guilty to Paying Scammers to Take Son’s Online Classes

California mother Karen Littlefair pleaded guilty to charges alleging that she paid for someone to take online college classes on behalf of her son so that he could graduate from Georgetown University. Littlefair pleaded guilty on Monday and is the latest parent to be charged amid the infamous “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal that unfolded earlier this year.

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Report: Lori Loughlin Thought All Rich People Bribed Colleges

A new report suggests that Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin refused to plead guilty for her alleged role in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions bribery scandal because she thought that all rich people bribed colleges in exchange for their children’s admission.

Actress Lori Loughlin departs federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)