Singer pleaded guilty and his lawyer, Donald Heller, said that his client intends to cooperate fully with prosecutors and is "remorseful and contrite, and wants to move on with his life".
William "Rick" Singer, 58, pleaded guilty in Boston federal court on Tuesday to running the largest college admissions fraud scam in USA history through his small college preparation company in Newport Beach, California.
The elaborate scheme involved bribing the administrators of college entrance tests to allow a child's wrong answers to be corrected or for someone else to take the test in their place.
Some parents spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, as much as $6.5 million, to guarantee their children's admission, officials said.
"These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege", US Attorney Andrew Lelling said.
Moreover, at least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents, many of them prominent in law, finance, fashion, and other fields, were charged. She will have to surrender her passport in December when her projects in Canada are completed, according to TMZ.
Actor William H. Macy arrives at the federal courthouse in Los Angeles, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.
"Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman was also arrested after she allegedly handed over $15,000 to "to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter", according to an indictment, People reported. Macy was not charged; authorities did not say why. She became a star on Full House, a standout hit of ABC's family-friendly TGIF lineup in the early 1990s, and appeared on the recent Netflix reboot Fuller House.More news: Champions League: Ronaldo hat-trick sends Juventus through, Man City thrash Schalke
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They are accused of conspiring with Springer to beat the system and ensure the students were admitted or had a better chance to be admitted to certain colleges or universities, including Yale, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest and others.
'I was essentially buying or bribing the coaches for a spot, ' Singer said as he pleaded guilty to charges on Tuesday.
Three cooperating witnesses helped the federal authorities build their case against Singer and the participants in the scheme, which reportedly included recordings of Huffman and emails from Loughlin.
In many cases, the students were not aware that their parents had arranged for the cheating, prosecutors said, although in other cases they knowingly took part.
University of Southern California (USC) interim president Wanda Austin issued a statement saying anyone involved who applied for the upcoming academic year would be denied admission, while current students implicated in the scheme would be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
Well, he has not been indicted yet, but charges could be on the way as he allegedly also made the donation to the fake charity.
The colleges themselves are not targets, the prosecutor said.