FBI Busts College Cheating Scheme That Helped Students Get Into Top Schools

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The FBI announced that they have charged over 40 people in a massive nationwide college entrance exam cheating scheme. According to the charging documents, the scheme was organized by a man in California who ran a business that would help high school students get into the college of their choice, including Stanford, UCLA, Wake Forest, and Yale.

The man would allegedly pay bribes to college administrators and coaches. He would hire people to take the entrance exams for the students, or pay the proctor to change the answers to ensure that the prospective students would get a high enough score for the college of their choice. In some cases, coaches would create fake athlete profiles to give the students an advantage over other prospective students.

Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were among those charged by the FBI for paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to the man to help get their children accepted into college. The FBI claims that Loughlin and Huffman knew the man intended to break the law when they paid him. They have both been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

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