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Judge allows confessed mastermind in college admissions scam to visit son at school

William “Rick” Singer left Federal Court in March.
William “Rick” Singer left Federal Court in March.(Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff/file)

As he awaits sentencing, the confessed mastermind of the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal can travel to Missouri to visit his adult son -- at college.

That’s according to a recent ruling in federal court in Boston in the case against William “Rick” Singer, 58, who told a judge last month that he’s responsible for the yearslong plot, in which wealthy parents paid bribes to get their children falsely certified as athletic recruits at fancy colleges, or to facilitate cheating on their kids’ SAT and ACT exams.

On Tuesday, Judge Rya W. Zobel approved Singer’s request for permission to travel to Missouri, where Singer’s son is “currently residing and attending college,” records show. The younger Singer will also “continue his graduate education in the same college,” and his now-infamous father hopes to visit him on “a fairly regular basis” before facing the music, according to legal filings.

Neither the son nor the institute of higher learning were named in court documents.

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Prior to Tuesday’s order, Singer, a Newport Beach, Calif., resident free on $500,000 bond, had been restricted to traveling in his home state, Massachusetts, and Florida.

Singer pleaded guilty in March at the Moakley Courthouse in the Seaport to charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy to defraud the United States. He faces sentencing June 19.

A plea deal says he’s agreed to forfeit $3.4 million, as well as additional funds on deposit in a Bank of America checking account in the name of the Key Worldwide Foundation, described by prosecutors as Singer’s charity that he used to hide bribery payments.

In addition, he’s agreed to give up all assets owned or controlled by the foundation, including the foundation’s interest in the Sharky’s restaurant chain, Swansea Football Club, Hauser Private Equity Investment, Bluestone Partnership, Jamtown, Whamtech Inc., and Virtual PhD, the agreement says.

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The scandal, which exploded into the headlines last month and outraged the public, has ensnared 50 defendants, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.


Travis Andersen can be reached at travis.andersen@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @TAGlobe.