From the L.A. Times:
Mystery parent paid $6.5 million to get kids into top universities as part of admissions scandal
By RICHARD WINTON
MAR 24, 2019 | 9:40 AM
… Of the many outrageous allegations revealed by federal prosecutors in the college cheating scandal, one stands out.
Someone paid $6.5 million to get his or her children into elite schools. But the identity of that parent — and details about which schools were involved — remains a mystery nearly two weeks after authorities in Boston filed the charges against dozens of wealthy individuals.
The lack of information about the money is more notable given that the charges go into intense detail about the alleged actions of other parents, who are accused of bribing and cheating to get their kids into schools such as Yale, USC and UCLA.
Prosecutors have mentioned the $6.5 million in payments at a news conference and in court. But they are not included in the hundreds of pages detailing the charges. …
The payment is more sign that there is still much more to come in the case that has rocked American universities and placed a harsh spotlight on the college admissions process. …
More than 750 parents used Singer’s services, according to prosecutors. While 33 have been charged, prosecutors have sent subpoenas to high schools in Southern California with names of students whose parents have not been charged, suggesting that authorities are preparing to expand the number of prosecutions, according to sources who have seen the documents.
Singer’s office is in Newport Beach, CA, the center for rich white Protestants in SoCal.
$6.5 million is a lot of money. Why do people spend this much? Presumably, one of Rick Springer’s con artist skills is conning parents into overpaying him when they could just pay the money directly to Yale or wherever and get their name on a minor building as well.
For example, NWA rapper Dr. Dre donated $70 million to USC to establish the Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy of the Arts, Technology, and the Business of Innovation.
So when his daughter was unsurprisingly accepted to USC, Dr. Dre posted on social media:
“My daughter got accepted into USC all on her own. No jail time!!!”
People are giving him a hard time about this, but Dre has a point: he played by the rules by giving his money directly to USC, so no jail time for him.
Perhaps rich people buy their kids into Yale to win long-running arguments with their parents over their choice of spouses: “You said I shouldn’t marry that handsome hockey player, Daddy, because we’d have dumb kids, but, look, our Madison got into Yale!”