Federal prosecutors for the Department of Justice announced Tuesday they’re prosecuting the largest college cheating scam, with 50 people charged for their involvement in a bribery ring aiming at getting affluent family’s children into the nation’s top colleges and universities.
2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has made it a focus in her political career to hold wealthy people accountable for any shady actions. She told ABC News on Tuesday that the college admissions cheating scandal is just another way wealthy people continue to abuse their influence.
“This is just stunning,” she said. “I mean, the notion that people thought they could keep cheating like this and build this, evidently build this huge cheating network in order for the children of the rich and the powerful to make it into fancy schools. To me, it’s just one more example of how the rich and powerful know how to take care of their own, and everybody else just gets left behind. I think that’s wrong.”
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Sen Elizabeth Warren tells @ABC News alleged college admissions cheating scam is "just one more example of how the rich and powerful know how to take care of their own, and everyone else just gets left behind." https://t.co/o1mf5PdAti pic.twitter.com/mB0BhMl8Tq
— ABC News (@ABC) March 12, 2019
Among the 50 people charged in the scandal are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, known for their roles in “Desperate Housewives” and ‘Full House,” respectively.
They’re two of the 33 parents charged in the scam, along with nine college athletic coaches, two SAT and ACT exam administrators, one exam proctor, and one college administrator.
Federal prosecutors said those involved paid up to $6 million in bribes to get their children into elite schools.
In some cases, the parents and athletic coaches participated in elaborate hoaxes, such as a Yale women’s soccer coach who was allegedly paid $400,000 to accept an applicant who didn’t play soccer.
The schools named in the scam include Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, University of Southern California, University of Texas, UCLA, and Wake Forest.