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MICHELLE SINGLETARY | THE COLOR OF MONEY

How college-admissions scheme exploited tax code to hide bribes

The families involved are accused of getting a tax deduction for their illicit payments.

“I will take experience over status any day of the week,” said Chase Andrews, an Endicott College junior who has had three internships and is applying for others.

Can you ever hope to find success and happiness if you don’t go to an elite college?

Hint: Yes.

Cindy Yang posed with President Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Florida in 2018. She ran a business that promised access to American politicians, including Trump.

Big donations, high ambition, and massages

Cindy Yang was little known outside southern Florida until her name became associated with last month’s arrest of Robert Kraft.

Harvard historian Jonathan Square curated the exhibit “Slavery in the Hands of Harvard.” His own 2019 work, “Freedom Papers?”, is shown at right.

Jeneé Osterheldt | Commentary

College degrees, freedom papers, and the admissions scam we all fall for

While we are asking ourselves about the access the wealthy have to education, we also have to look at the worth we assign to academic institutions.

Wake Forest University is among those institutions named in the admissions scandal.

Renée Graham

America’s real affirmative action program

There’s no greater system of affirmative action in America than the one designed to benefit the wealthy and well-connected, especially if they’re white.

David Sidoo left the Moakley Courthouse after his arraignment.

Former Canadian football player pleads not guilty in college scam

Prosecutors say David Sidoo paid $200,000 to have someone take the SAT for his two sons. He was released on $1.5 million bail after appearing in court in Boston.

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, center, poses with daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, and Isabella Rose Giannulli at the 2019

Opinion | Aimee Ortiz

Rich kids cheating in college doesn’t stop at admissions

As one of the “poor kids” who walked Boston University’s campus not too long ago, I can tell you that the wealthy’s gaming of the system does not stop at admissions.

Bono (second from right) and TPG’s Bill McGlashan (far right) appeared at a panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in January.

Larry Edelman | Commentary

Bono’s partner in ethical investing falls from grace in admissions scandal

Bill McGlashan took socially responsible impact investing to the next level with the $2 billion Rise Fund. Now he’s lost his job for allegedly paying $300,000 in bribes to get his son into college.

William “Rick” Singer’s charity, Key Worldwide Foundation, has been issued a cease and desist letter in California.

Mastermind of college bribery scam donated far and wide

At least eight colleges as well as a private high school and numerous nonprofit organizations received donations from William “Rick” Singer’s shadowy charity.

Jay Bacrania is the cofounder of Signet Education, a Cambridge-based college counseling company.

Bribery scandal puts college counselors on edge

The private college advising industry is largely unregulated, with no requirements for licensure or credentialing.

Erica Olson and Kalea Woods say they were denied a fair opportunity to gain legitimate admission to elite colleges, and that their Stanford degrees were devalued, by criminal racketeering charges leveled by federal prosecutors.

Stanford, Tulane, Rutgers students file lawsuit in college bribery case

USC, Yale, and UCLA were among the colleges targeted by the Stanford University students, who are seeking class status.

William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman have been linked to the college admissions scam.

Buzzsaw

College-admission scandal lesson: Just because celebrities have great images doesn’t mean they’re actually great people

In light of the college admissions scam and so many other recent scandals, it’s time to remember what we already know.

FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the 5th annual People Magazine

Lori Loughlin loses starring roles on Hallmark Channel

The company initially took a wait-and-see approach after a federal investigation of the scam involving more than 30 parents was revealed.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 28: (L-R) Olivia Jade Giannulli, Isabella Rose Giannulli and Lori Loughlin attend WCRF's

Sephora drops YouTube star Olivia Jade Giannulli over college bribery

Cosmetics company Sephora says it’s dropping its social-media relationship with actress Lori Loughlin’s daughter, 19-year-old Olivia Jade Giannulli, after her parents were charged.

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Why paying bribes to get your child into college is a crime

All parents want their children to get into the best possible college. But paying bribes to have them admitted to elite schools as athletes clearly crosses the boundary.

University Hall on Brown University's campus in Providence, R.I., is seen Wednesday, June 13, 2012. (Gretchen Ertl for The Boston Globe)

Brown says athlete review finds no concerns

A Brown University spokesman says the Ivy League school found ‘‘zero concerns’’ related to the college admissions scandal.

One of David Sidoo’s sons was admitted to the University of California in Berkeley.

Ex-football player in Canada charged with paying $200,000 to hike test scores for sons

Prosecutors say David Sidoo paid to have someone take the SAT in place of his two sons, who were admitted to Chapman University and Cal, Berkeley.

Opinion | Christopher Weyant

When you know your child will need help getting into college

When you know your kid needs help, how early is too early to start the college admissions process?

The iconic Tommy Trojan statue at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Six USC student applicants linked to college bribery scheme denied acceptance

The news came days after federal prosecutors in Boston announced bombshell charges in a nationwide college admissions scandal.

For some Boston-area high schoolers and college students, the bribery scheme is a slap in the face

One Boston high schooler, who doubled her GPA and worked hard for her 1220 SAT score, said the bribery was especially insulting when other students can’t afford their tuition.

Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Office during a press conference at the federal courthouse in Boston on March 12.

‘After the 1st semester, he can move on.’ Mass. resident accused of paying for son’s fake sports credentials

John B. Wilson, a 59-year-old investor with homes in Hyannis Port and Lynnfield, is among dozens of wealthy parents charged by federal prosecutors.

William “Rick” Singer left federal court in Boston Tuesday.

Here’s how Boston investigators uncovered what’s being called the biggest college bribery scam in history

Officials in Boston got a tantalizing tip — a Yale University women’s soccer coach had asked a financial executive for a bribe to help get his daughter admitted into the elite school.

US Attorney Andrew Lelling spoke at the federal courthouse in Boston on Tuesday as he announced charges against dozens of individuals in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme.

YVONNE ABRAHAM

In college admissions, the American Dream has gone bad

Will we finally fix the way we do college admissions in this country? Or will we still cling to the American fiction that every kid has an equal shot?

OPINION | MCGREGGOR CROWLEY

Confessions of a former MIT admissions director

Every year, regardless of what a college or university says publicly, a number of children of wealthy donors and alumni get a nod while other applicants are rejected.

The campus of Georgetown University.

Calif. parent in college bribery scheme appears in Boston court

Douglas Hodge, 61, a Laguna Beach resident, is among the dozens of wealthy parents facing fraud-related charges in connection with the scheme.

FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin, center, poses with daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, and Isabella Rose Giannulli at the 2019

Guidance counselor flagged Lori Loughlin’s daughters’ colleges applications in admissions bribery scheme

When the Hollywood star’s daughters were being accepted to USC as crew team recruits, something felt strange to their high school guidance counselor.

The campus of University of Southern California.

What the colleges scammed in the bribery scandal had to say about the case

Coaches at Yale, Georgetown, and several other high-profile universities allegedly accepted bribes to deceive their school’s admissions offices.

BOSTON, MA - March 12, 2019: - (left to right) Prosecutor Eric Rosen of the U.S. Attorney's office, U.S. Attorney, Andrew E. Lelling, Special Agent in Charge Federal Bureau of Investigation Joseph R. Bonavolonta and Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston during a press conference at the federal courthouse in Boston MA on March 12, 2019. Lelling announce charges against dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide college admissions cheating and recruitment scheme. Lelling is accompanied by prosecutor Eric Rosen of the U.S. Attorney's office, left, and Special Agent in Charge Federal Bureau of Investigation Joseph R. Bonavolonta (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:

OPINION | DANIEL GOLDEN

How the rich really play ‘Who Wants To Be an Ivy Leaguer?’

A journalist who investigated how the rich buy their children’s way into elite colleges reflects on the latest scandal — and remembers when affluent readers mistook his expose for a “how-to” guide.

BOSTON, MA - March 12, 2019: - (left to right) Prosecutor Eric Rosen of the U.S. Attorney's office, U.S. Attorney, Andrew E. Lelling, Special Agent in Charge Federal Bureau of Investigation Joseph R. Bonavolonta and Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston during a press conference at the federal courthouse in Boston MA on March 12, 2019. Lelling announce charges against dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide college admissions cheating and recruitment scheme. Lelling is accompanied by prosecutor Eric Rosen of the U.S. Attorney's office, left, and Special Agent in Charge Federal Bureau of Investigation Joseph R. Bonavolonta (Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff) section: Metro reporter:

Nestor Ramos

Rigging an already-rigged system

At top and not-so-top colleges and universities, the admissions game is already rigged in favor of the wealthy, and there are already separate systems for the very rich and everyone else.

US Attorney of Massachusetts Andrew E. Lelling held a press conference at the federal courthouse in Boston on Tuesday.

Here’s how the nationwide college bribery plot worked, according to officials

Dozens of people are facing charges in what the US Attorney in Mass. called “the largest college admission scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.” Here’s how the scheme worked.

Rick Singer walked into Federal Court.

College bribery plot: A list of names of those charged in the nationwide scheme

Authorities have released a list of names, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who are accused of participating in a nationwide college admissions cheating and recruitment scheme.

US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling (center) held a press conference at the federal courthouse in Boston on what authorities are calling the largest college admissions scam ever.

Dozens arrested, including parents, in nationwide college bribery, cheating scandal

A California businessman allegedly collected $25 million in bribes to help applicants gain acceptance to elite colleges as part of a nationwide scandal.

Actresses Lori Loughlin (left), who appeared in “Full House,” and Felicity Huffman (right), known for “Desperate Housewives,” were named in the college bribery plot, according to the Associated Press.

How actresses Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin were allegedly tied to college bribery scam

Felicity Huffman and her spouse allegedly paid $15,000 to a bogus charity to improve her daughter’s test results.