College scandal: Yale rescinds admission, defendants in court

Yale University in New Haven, Conn., announced Monday that the admission of one unidentified student was rescinded in the wake of a college admissions scandal. File Photo courtesy of Pixabay

March 25 (UPI) — Yale University announced Monday it has rescinded the admission of a student involved in a national bribery and recruitment scheme, as at least 12 defendants face arraignment in U.S. District Court in Boston.

Yale spokesman Tom Conroy didn’t identify the student, but said the university does not suspect any other students of being involved in the scheme. One other was not accepted.

Rudy Meredith, Yale’s former women’s soccer coach, was charged with taking a $400,000 bribe to accept an applicant who did not play soccer, according to a March 12 indictment that implicated 50 people.

They were charged in a scheme in which prospective students to elite colleges paid for substitutes to take their place in standardized tests, or paid bribes to be designated as student-athletes for sports they didn’t even play.

Among the accused are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

Meredith resigned and is expected to plead guilty to two counts of wire fraud. He is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Thursday.

Twelve other suspects were scheduled to be arraigned Monday. They include coaches, high school teachers, celebrity parents and college administrators.

William “Rick” Singer, owner of the Edge College & Career Network, is the accused mastermind of the scheme, court documents indicate.

Florida man accused of taking the SAT and ACT college entrance tests on behalf of students has reached a plea agreement. Mark Riddell is scheduled to plead guilty on April 12 to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering, court records show.

The charges could add up to 20 years’ incarceration and a fine of up to $239,000, although federal prosecutors have said they will recommend punishment “at the low end of the scale.”

Besides Yale, the schools implicated in the scandal include the University of Southern California, Georgetown, UCLA, the University of San Diego, the University of Texas and Wake Forest University. Several college students have also filed a class-action lawsuit, seeking over $5 million in damages and accusing the schools of negligence in guaranteeing the fairness of their admissions processes.


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