American university cancels student's admission after her family paid $1.2m bribe to get her in

American university cancels student's admission after her family paid $1.2m bribe to get her in

Prestigious American university, Yale University, has canceled a student's admission after finding out that she was part of the infamous college cheating scam, CNN reports.

According to the indictment, her family allegedly paid $1.2 million to William "Rick" Singer, the ringleader of the operation, to get her in.

According to Yale, she got admitted into the institution through a fraudulent athletic endorsement from women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith.

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Yale took the decision as USC, UCLA and other major universities deal with the fallout from the admission scandal.

Legit.ng gathers that 50 people, including 33 wealthy parents, have been arrested in connection with the scandal.

They were accused of carrying out a scheme to cheat on standardized tests and/or bribe college coaches, who then helped the prospective students gain admission by falsely claiming they were athletic recruits.

The scheme's ringleader, Singer, is reportedly cooperating with prosecutors and has pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the US and obstruction of justice.

Meredith, the soccer women's coach, is also reportedly cooperating with prosecutors and has agreed to plead guilty to honest services wire fraud and related charges.

The university has not, however, unveiled the identity of the Yale student who was admitted.= as student is reportedly identified in court documents only as "Yale Applicant 1."

How the fraudulent scheme was carried out

Singer helped create a false athletic profile for the student and sent it (the fake profile) to Meredith, who then falsely designated the applicant as a women's soccer recruit to help her gain admission to Yale.

For the scheme, the applicant's parents paid $1.2 million to Singer in 2018 and Singer in turn paid Meredith a check for $400,000 after the applicant was admitted to Yale.

The parents are also not named in the complaint.

In April 2018, Meredith solicited a bribe from the father of a second applicant, but the meeting was an FBI set-up, according to court documents. He began cooperating with federal investigators that same month, and resigned as coach in November 2018.

Yale had signaled that it would rescind the student's application in a Frequently Asked Question section of its website from March 15.

"On the very rare occasion when Yale receives an allegation that a current student included false information in an application, Yale gives the student the opportunity to address the allegation," the website said.

"If Yale determines that the allegation is true, the student's admission is rescinded, based on language in the application that requires applicants to affirm that everything in the application is true and complete."

Yale spokesman Tom Conroy said last week there won't be any delay in admissions decisions for the 2019-2020 academic year despite the scandal.

The US Department of Education has also reportedly opened a "preliminary investigation" into Yale, along with the other schools involved in the scandal.

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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that about 50 very influential people, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged to court on Tuesday, March 12, for trying to get their children into elite universities like Yale and Stanford.

A small US company based in Newport Beach, California is at the center of the scam. Prosecutors said it is a company that has always depended on bribes to carry out criminal tasks such as doctored application photos, fake test participants, and helping rich parent to get their wards into elite institutions.

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