John Vandemoer, the former sailing coach at Stanford University, will be the first defendant sentenced in the sprawling college admissions scandal.
Prosecutors say admissions scandal "confirms, for many, the worst of what they had long suspected: that hard work and sacrifice matters less than money.'
USC told a law firm representing Lori Loughlin and husband J. Mossimo Giannulli that it "may have civil disputes with one or both sometime in the future."
Ali Khosroshahin, who led USC’s women’s soccer program from 2007 to 2013, will plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy and cooperate with the government.
Experts say if Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli fight the charges, their children could be compelled to testify for the prosecution.
William "Rick" Singer's bookkeeper, Steven Masera, will plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy and cooperate with investigators.
Westside private school gave diplomas to nonstudents for a fee. Then came the college admissions scandal
Before West Hollywood College Preparatory School was linked to a national college admissions scandal, it issued hundreds of diplomas to nonstudents.
As he faked students’ resumes, college admissions scandal mastermind appears to have fudged his credentials too
In a deposition, William “Rick” Singer claimed he helped several colleges select students for admission. All but one of the schools said the claim was false.
As of Wednesday, 10 parents are among 16 total who have pleaded guilty to fraud and money laundering crimes linked to consultant Rick Singer.
Two more parents, star lawyer Gordon Caplan and Napa Valley vintner Agustin Huneeus Jr., pleaded guilty to taking part in a college admissions fraud.
As the investigation continues, a key question is what universities knew and whether more could have been done to detect the widespread fraud.
Janke has admitted to crafting scores of fake athletic profiles to ensure children of wealthy parents were admitted to top schools as student athletes.
As Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal, she said her daughter did have a legitimate learning disability.
The actress admitted to paying $15,000 to William “Rick” Singer, a Newport Beach college admissions consultant, to inflate her daughter’s SAT score.
Lori Loughlin and her husband have refused to plead guilty to federal charges against them in the college admissions scandal, and it appears they aren’t in any hurry to do so as their legal team hunts for errors in the prosecution’s case.
A Los Angeles executive who paid $400,000 to secure his son’s spot at Georgetown as a tennis recruit pleaded guilty Tuesday to fraud offenses as part of the sweeping college admissions scandal.
Yusi Zhao has become a key figure in the college admissions scandal after The Times revealed her parents paid William “Rick” Singer a seven-figure sum.
Federal prosecutors have sent a letter to Yusi Zhao informing her she is a possible target of their investigation, a person familiar with the investigation said.
The woman, who lives in China, now considers her daughter to be a victim of a scam perpetrated by Newport Beach consultant William “Rick” Singer, her lawyer said.
The families of two students from China, Yusi Zhao and Sherry Guo, paid William "Rick" Singer $6.5 million and $1.2 million, respectively. They have not been charged and say they were misled by a con man.
Bruce and Davina Isackson pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Boston to fraud and money laundering offenses stemming from an investigation into bribes, rigged tests and fraud that had tainted the college admissions process.
USC, like every other university entangled in the investigation, has called itself the victim of a scam orchestrated by a conman and a few rogue coaches.
The FBI secured warrants to seize up to $140,000 from former USC senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and additional funds from former UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo and former USC women’s soccer coach Ali Khosroshahin.
Laura Janke, former assistant soccer coach at USC, and Toby MacFarlane, a Del Mar title insurance executive, will plead guilty, authorities said.
Videos of Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman become legal battleground in college admissions scandal
Prosecutors have asked a judge to restrict access to evidence they will begin turning over to defense attorneys, and their “central concern,” according to a defense attorney, is that video footage of Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin's homes will be leaked to the press.
The Boston prosecutors, led by Assistant U.S. Atty. Eric Rosen, are interviewing possible witnesses in Los Angeles to bolster their existing cases and build new ones against people who have not yet been charged in the investigation, people familiar with the matter said.
UCLA needs 103 days to turn over emails between soccer coaches and those indicted in college scandal
UCLA record-keepers insist that compiling requested emails and texts is such a “lengthy, time-consuming process” that the records won’t be turned over until June 30.
USC is a private school that can admit anyone it wants without offering the public an explanation; UCLA, in contrast, is a public university that strives to be a meritocracy.
Two parents — Bruce and Davina Isackson — could now play a key role in the sprawling college admissions case that has shaken American higher education.
As more parents mount a legal defense, one argument comes into focus: They were trying to help their kids and were manipulated into criminal activity.
A Palo Alto couple accused of paying $25,000 to rig their son’s college entrance exam asked a federal judge this week to dismiss the indictment against them, claiming there was no conspiracy among the parents entangled in the college admissions scandal.
Though UCLA leaders acted like shocked victims of the college admissions bribery scandal, a similar, though legal, version of the same thing struck the campus six years ago.
Long before the athletics admissions scandal, UCLA knew of allegations that parents were making donations and their children were being admitted as athletes in violation of rules. Administrators need to be held accountable.
The couple did not appear in federal court in Boston on Monday, but instead waived their right to appear before a judge for an arraignment and entered their pleas through documents filed by their attorneys.
Lori Loughlin and husband J. Mossimo Giannulli were indicted Tuesday on new charges. They must now decide whether to fight or agree to plead guilty.
Documents show that years ago UCLA knew of concerns about parents pledging donations to its athletics in exchange for their children being admitted.
Mark Riddell, who prosecutors say doctored dozens of college entrance exams, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to fraud and money laundering conspiracy charges.
The children of William "Rick" Singer's wealthy clients — such as Lori Loughlin — played water polo, tennis, volleyball, football, basketball, soccer; they ran track and sailed — at least on paper. But one sport was particularly suited to Singer’s admitted college admissions scheme: crew.
Loughlin and others were indicted on additional charges of money laundering and fraud conspiracy, increasing pressure to cut a deal with prosecutors.
Prosecutors have said they would ask for punishment at the low end of the sentencing scale for Felicity Huffman, possibly less than a year.
Stanford has rescinded admission for a student amid fallout from the cheating scandal. It also revoked credits the student earned while enrolled.
A top attorney who was charged in the college admissions scandal said Friday he will plead guilty to charges and made a public statement defending his teenage daughter.
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among 13 parents charged in a college admissions scheme set to appear in federal court in Boston on Wednesday.
In the latest sign of upheaval at the University of Southern California, Provost Michael Quick and General Counsel Carol Amir are to leave their posts in June.
Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin, 11 parents in college admissions scandal set to appear in court Wednesday
Thirteen parents accused in a college admissions scheme, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, are scheduled to appear for the first time in federal court in Boston on Wednesday, where a judge will set the conditions of their release.
The two most famous defendants in the college admissions scandal — actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin — face a moment of truth as they face court Wednesday.
Morrie Tobin is an L.A. character — a millionaire financier who rebranded himself as a homelessness activist and social justice advocate. When he learned the feds were investigating him for stock fraud, he clued them in on an even bigger scam: the college admissions scandal.
They filed into court, one after the other — the casino magnate, the Napa Valley vintner, the Hot Pocket heiress — having braved the Boston cold and a line of cameras outside the courthouse, to stand before a judge and have their rights to travel, to speak with co-defendants curtailed or revoked.
Many of the parents in the college admissions scandal will march into court in Boston to face charges. And in doing so, the public will begin to see how they respond to the accusations against them.
The sweeping college admissions scandal heads to federal court in Boston Thursday, where a judge has raised serious questions about the charges and the plea deal reached with one of the defendants, former Yale soccer coach Rudy Meredith.
State lawmakers have introduced bills to close loopholes used by parents to get kids into elite universities. One bill would regulate private college consultants. Another would prohibit preferential admissions to applicants related to the institution’s donors or alumni.
We are beginning to get some sense of how parents plan to push back against allegations in the far-reaching scheme that accuses them of bribing and lying to get their children into elite universities.
A major Silicon Valley venture capital firm has broken ties with its founder, Chris Schaepe, after he informed them that William “Rick” Singer, the man behind the college admissions scandal, helped get his son into college.
In the far-reaching college admissions scandal, the former private equity executive is accused of paying to have his son's ACT exam doctored as well as setting up a fake athletic profile for him.
The U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation into several of the universities involved in the far-reaching college admissions scandal.
A federal grand jury has indicted Amy and Gregory Colburn, a Palo Alto couple, on charges they hired William “Rick” Singer, the confessed ringleader of a college admissions cheating scam, to rig their son’s college entrance exam. The move ratchets up pressure on other parents charged in the case.
It is not clear whether Olivia Jade Giannulli and Isabella Giannulli are still attending classes as the university investigates students with possible connections to the far-reaching scheme.
Some of the parents named in the charges are under pressure from federal prosecutors to make deals, which could occur in the coming week as the defendants go to court.
Several parents who haven't been previously charged, and their attorneys, have been informed they are the subject of the federal inquiry, sources say.
The astronomical figure is among the details that federal prosecutors have made in charging college fixer William “Rick” Singer, a slew of university coaches and more than 30 parents, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.
At the request of a federal judge, prosecutors spelled out in a new court filing what, specifically, they believe was stolen when Singer paid a Yale soccer coach to recruit children of his clients who did not play competitive soccer.
Readers say the children who might have benefited from their parents' fraudulent activities to get them into elite colleges should not be expelled.
UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero expressed disgust over the recent admissions scandal that rocked his school in his first public comments about the ordeal Friday and said steps were being taken to ensure it never happened again.
As a national college admissions scandal continues to generate public outrage, there are still plenty of wealthy parents who get their kids into school the old-fashioned way — by spending lots of money legally.
Bill Plaschke discusses why he feels so strongly that USC needs to fire Lynn Swann. Plaschke also talks about LeBron James and the Lakers, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, Mike Trout and the Angels and more.
Damion Lester lives in a violent and impoverished L.A. neighborhood, but he's kept up his grades and is getting into college — without the wealth and advantages of families such as those ensnared in the college admissions scandal.
The next move in the college admissions scandal will unfold in a Boston federal courtroom April 3, when Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin and other defendants are set to appear in court.
As chancellor of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carol L. Folt was seen as a cautious leader. Now, she becomes the first female president of USC at a time when scandals have dominated the headlines.
The extent of the children's knowledge of the college admissions scandal their parents are ensnared in could play a role in what happens to them.
College admissions scandal: UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo resigns in wake of bribery allegations
UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo has resigned in the wake of his alleged involvement in accepting $200,000 in bribes to help enroll two players using fake athletic profiles, an athletic department official confirmed Thursday.
Lamont Smith was basketball coach at University of San Diego for nearly three seasons, from April 2015 until February 2018. He allegedly received more than $10,000 for facilitating admissions to the school as part of scheme federal indictment says was run by Rick Singer of Newport Beach.
In the college admissions scandal, wealthy parents such as Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are accused of going to great — and illegal — lengths to help their children. But experts say such behavior can have harmful effects on the children later in life.
The former chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will become the first female president in USC’s 139-year history.
Of all the schools linked to the college admissions scandal, only USC is alleged to have had an administrator involved. Reporters Brady McCollough and Nathan Fenno discuss the current situation and take a broader look at a scandal-plagued institution.
Legal experts said they would not be surprised if many parents in the college admissions scandal end up making deals.
Two former USC football recruiting staff members who worked directly with an administrator who stands accused of accepting bribes said they had no knowledge of the alleged scheme.
California legislators questioned the integrity of the UC admissions process and received few answers from university officials at a two-hour hearing.
Lauren Isackson did not play competitive soccer before matriculating at UCLA, prosecutors say, and yet, for an entire season, she was a member of an elite team that finished the 2017 season as runner-up to national champion Stanford.
Multiple sources tell the L.A. Times that federal prosecutors are interested in talks with some of those charged in the sweeping college admissions scam.
Jordan Sidoo — whose father was named in an indictment linked to the elaborate college admissions scam that came to light last week — is being investigated by UC Berkeley for allegedly submitting falsified SAT scores as part of his application.
There have long been serious concerns about the fairness and equity of the admissions process to elite university. But now, there are concerns about its very integrity.
Parents and others are expected to be charged in the college admissions scandal. Many have faced additional fallout, including lost jobs and canceled collaborations.
Legislation being considered in Washington would eliminate tax breaks for charitable donations to universities and colleges during the admissions process.
Top colleges have poured resources into recruiting and supporting low-income students, and their efforts have shown results. But the recent admissions scandal paints a much different picture in the public eye.
Boyle Heights Beat reporters can't stop thinking about the admissions scandal as they await word on their own college applications and craft stories about the con.
From civil lawsuits to talk of new legislation, fallout from college admissions scandal worsening for accused parents, institutions.
Lynn Swann says USC was ‘blindsided’ by alleged actions of administrator in college admissions scandal
Lynn Swann, USC's athletic director, offers his first public comments on the college admissions scandal that involved a school administrator.
Rick Singer's scheme — fraudulent testing, creating star athletes out of kids who'd never played the sports, millions in bribes — was so over the top. But for all the red flags and some of America's best universities, nothing was done.
Gov. Gavin Newsom, during a national media tour to defend his decision to ban California death row executions, decried "legal bribery" in the college admissions process, including favors given to big donors. Newsom's comments come amid the college admissions scandal that touched UCLA and USC.
Federal authorities have said the investigation into college admissions fraud is ongoing, and there are signs more parents could be swept up.
Amid growing frustration and anger, USC will deny entry to about half a dozen students involved in the college admissions scandal.
Some of those indicted in the admissions scandal occupy positions of trust regulated by government. Can they be trusted in their businesses?
Sephora has ended its brand partnership with social-media influencer Olivia Jade Giannulli, the daughter of actress Lori Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli, in wake of a college admissions scandal enveloping her and her parents.
Hallmark has severed ties with Lori Loughlin, the actress who was among dozens indicted by federal prosecutors on Tuesday in connection with an elaborate scheme aimed at getting students into elite colleges.
The students of Puente, a transfer club at East LA College, work year-round to help each other make it to 4-year universities, offering a
The L.A. parent provided vital information that launched the investigation that uncovered shocking corruption and cheating in the college admissions process.
Some of Southern California's most elite private schools are caught up in the national college admissions cheating scandal, including Sage Hill and Harvard Westlake.
Douglas Hodge and Michelle Janavs, two of the parents charged in connection with the wide-reaching college admissions cheating scandal, have resigned from their positions on the board of trustees of Sage Hill School in Newport Coast.
TPG Growth is best known for its landmark investments in such companies as AirBnB and Uber. It also helped launch the Burbank movie studio STX Entertainment.
There have been too many examples of self-dealing, corruption and willful ignorance at USC to dismiss the college cheating scandal as the result of a few bad apples.
11 lies uncovered in the college admissions scam: a phony coxswain, made-up learning disabilities and fictional athletes
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli saw rowing as their daughter’s ticket into USC, even though she never competed in the sport, prosecutors allege.
USC, Yale University, UCLA and other colleges were sued by two Stanford University students seeking class status over the admissions bribery scandal.
William "Rick" Singer is an ultramarathon runner, a former high school basketball coach and a father. Prosecutors say he is also the mastermind of a multimillion-dollar college admissions scheme to help the rich and famous gain their children entry to some of the nation's most elite universities.
Administrators are reviewing admission decisions after authorities uncovered a cheating scheme in which families paid huge sums to gain access to top schools.
USC, reeling through a decade of scandals, faces a reckoning with its deep ties to a college admissions scam roiling higher education. To many inside and outside campus, it speaks to a culture in desperate need of change.
In the cacophony of commentary about how a corrupt system allowed rich parents to buy entrance to elite colleges for their children, it's worth remembering that the system is not particularly at fault. At the heart of the allegations is a white collar crime ring.
In the wake of news that his program endorsed the admittance of fake athletes, it’s time for USC to retire Lynn Swann and find a real athletic director.
Donna Heinel emerged as the only senior athletic department administrator indicted in the $25-million racketeering conspiracy announced Tuesday in Boston.
University of California President Janet Napolitano has ordered an investigation into UC involvement in the nationwide college cheating scam that has ensnared dozens of wealthy families.
Inside operation "Varsity Blues," an audacious scheme based out of California that used bribes, test cheating and fraud to get the kids of CEOs and actors into top schools.
The youth marketing expert created The Cassandra Report, Trend Central and The Intelligence Group, all of which she sold to talent agency CAA.
Mark Riddell is "just a really smart guy," a U.S. attorney said. Riddell is accused of fraud and money laundering in connection with an alleged scheme of taking college entrance tests for students whose parents typically paid $10,000 per test, authorities say.
Why wasn’t William H. Macy charged in college admissions scandal that targeted wife Felicity Huffman?
Federal prosecutors charged actress Felicity Huffman with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, but not her husband, actor William H. Macy.
Lori Loughlin's "Full House" character knew way back in 1993 that cheating to get kids into a good school was wrong. In Season 6 of the classic sitcom, her Aunt Becky chastised John Stamos' Uncle Jesse about "embellishing" their twins' scholastic achievements.
Riffing on news that dozens, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were involved in a college bribery scheme, late-night hosts Trevor Noah, Jimmy Kimmel, Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert weighed in Tuesday night.
The two actresses were among dozens swept up in what prosecutors called the largest college admissions scandal they’ve ever seen.
Dozens have been indicted, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, in a scheme aimed at getting students into elite colleges.
A Newport Beach company is at the center of a wide-reaching, audacious scheme to get the children of the rich and famous into elite universities through fraud, bribes and lies.
We list all those charged in what prosecutors call a massive scam in which wealthy parents allegedly paid to help their children gain entrance to top colleges.
The huge business around getting kids into elite colleges has long raised eyebrows. But Operation Varsity Blues exposes the ugly side of this. Will academia respond?
Tuesday morning, the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts announced a dozen indictments, exposing a $25-million racketeering conspiracy in which parents from around the country bribed coaches and athletic administrators to designate their children falsely as recruited athletes.
For years, Felicity Huffman seemed like one of the most grounded women in Hollywood. One massive college admissions fraud later, it turns out, she wasn't.
A nonprofit at the center of a college cheating scandal gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to athletic programs at USC, Chapman University and other schools in recent years, tax documents show.
Felicity Huffman is among those accused in a college admissions cheating scheme that sends a corrosive lesson to our kids.
Felicity Huffman awoke to FBI agents with guns drawn at her L.A. home in college cheating scandal. She spent hours in federal custody.
There were over 40 students who took advantage of this scheme and who were able to attend top-ranked colleges, including UCLA, Columbia University and New York University.
Federal authorities issued subpoenas to elite L.A. prep schools for records involving some of the students involved in the fraud case.
William “Rick” Singer promised to help high school students get into elite colleges that seemed unattainable given their grades and test scores.
USC senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and water polo coach Jovan Vavic were fired Tuesday after being indicted for their alleged roles in a college admissions fraud scheme.
Longtime UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo was placed on leave by the school Tuesday morning after being indicted as part of a widespread corruption scheme involving the admission of students to top universities using falsified test scores and athletic profiles.
Federal prosecutors dubbed their investigation “Operation Varsity Blue” and said it blew the lid off a massive fraud scheme aimed at getting the children of the rich and powerful into elite universities.
Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among dozens indicted by federal prosecutors on Tuesday in connection with an elaborate scheme aimed at getting students into elite colleges. Will the charges affect their current and upcoming projects?
Actress Lori Loughlin's daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli is an influencer whose digital presence boasts make-up tutorials, fashion-week appearances and vlogging around the University of Southern California, where she is a student.
Trojan Nation learned Tuesday was that USC’s athletic department was something worse than comically inept. It was also brazenly corrupt.
Charging documents are released as federal prosecutors indicted dozens of people — including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin — in connection with an elaborate scheme aimed at getting students into elite colleges.