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'Smart guy' Florida test taker to plead guilty in U.S. college admissions scandal


Added 04-12-19 07:10:02am EST - “A former counselor at a Florida private school is expected to plead guilty on Fr...” - Reuters.com

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BOSTON (Reuters) - A former counselor at a Florida private school is expected to plead guilty on Friday to secretly taking college placement tests for the children of wealthy parents as part of the largest admissions fraud scheme uncovered in U.S. history.

Mark Riddell, 36, faces charges stemming from his role in the scheme that prosecutors said allowed wealthy parents including the actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin to use cheating and bribes to help their children secure spots at universities like Yale, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

Court documents showed that Riddell was due to plead guilty in Boston federal court to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. Asked at a news conference in March how Riddell knew the exam answers, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said he was “just a really smart guy.”

Riddell is among 50 people who prosecutors say participated in schemes to cheat on entrance exams and pay $25 million in bribes over eight years, before a wave of arrests in last month’s “Operation Varsity Blues.”

California college admissions adviser William “Rick” Singer has pleaded guilty to facilitating the cheating scam and bribing coaches to present the parents’ children as fake athletic recruits.

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