Over seven years, Singer is estimated to have taken in $25 million from wealthy parents in order to get their kids into elite schools by bribery and cheating.
"I'm now outraged and hurt because I feel that my son, my only child, was denied access to a college not because he failed to work and study hard enough but because wealthy individuals felt that it was okay to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children's way into a good college". The suit names 45 individual defendants, including actors Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, who each face criminal fraud charge in connection with the case. The court filing does not specify the colleges where her son applied or when he submitted his applications. President Peter Salovey's commens were just days after the former head women's soccer coach at Yale was one of the people charged in a massive college admissions scandal.
Singer previously pleaded guilty to running the scheme that relied upon a number of illegal activities - including bribing athletic coaches and hiring individuals to take tests for students - to get the children of TV star Felicity Huffman, former Pimco CEO Douglas Hodge, newly departed Hercules Capital CEO Manuel Henriquez and others into top-ranked US universities.
Separately, two Stanford University students last Wednesday filed a federal class action suit against Stanford, University of Southern California (USC), University of California, Los Angeles, University of San Diego, University of Texas at Austin, Wake Forest University, Yale University and Georgetown University. Both of the students were denied admissions to these universities.
The sweeping criminal investigation, which came to light earlier this week, alleges that wealthy parents from different parts of the country sought out Newport Beach businessman William Singer with one overriding goal: to get their children into the best colleges. Singer would give bribes to college officials and coaches in exchange for assistance in helping the unqualified students' admissions.
Singer ran his ploy through Key Worldwide Foundation, a charity he started in 2012, prosecutors said in court papers.