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William Rick Singer, 58, of Newport Beach, Calif., owner of the Edge College Career Network and CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation, was charged in an information with racketeering conspiracy and money laundering.,John Vandemoer, 41, of Stanford, Calif., the former sailing coach at Stanford University, was charged in an information with racketeering conspiracy.,Charged with racketeering conspiracy: read more

In allegations that sent shock waves through academia, federal prosecutors on Tuesday accused top CEOs, two Hollywood actresses and a legendary fashion designer of taking part in an audacious scheme to get their children into elite universities through fraud, bribes and lies.The scheme, which began in 2011, centered around the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and to falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools, including UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale and Georgetown, according to court records.Fifty people, across academia and college sports as well as a cadre of super-wealthy parents, have been charged in what prosecutors say is the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.,Some parents participated in one aspect of the scheme, while others paid for both, stealing slots from hard-working students with legitimate grades and test scores, authorities said.William Rick Singer, who owns the admissions company called the Edge College Career Network, was charged with money laundering, obstruction of justice, racketeering and conspiracy to defraud the United States.,In at least one instance, a student claimed to have a learning disability to obtain medical documentation required by the College Board and ACT Inc. to grant additional time on the tests, according to court documents.Once the students were given additional time, which generally allowed them to take the test over two days instead of one and in an individual setting, the clients were instructed to change the location of the exam to either a public high school in Houston or a private college preparatory school in West Hollywood that Singer controlled, according to the documents.At those locations, prosecutors allege, Singer bribed test administrators Igor Dvorskiy, of Los Angeles, and Lisa Niki Williams, of Houston, with the parents money to facilitate cheating on the exams.,Singer had a psychologist on his team assign fake learning disabilities to give students an academic advantage, the charges say.Coaches and private admissions counselors allegedly received money for helping to get students admitted as athletes at Yale, Stanford and USC.USC senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and mens and womens water polo coach Jovan Vavic were alleged to have received bribes totaling more than $1.3 million and $250,000, respectively, to help parents take advantage of the relaxed admissions standards for athletes at USC even though their children were not legitimately being recruited as athletes.,It described spending thousands of dollars on trips for dental students to help needy Cambodians and offering math tutoring to underserved children in Oakland.Prosecutors said the charity was nothing more than a means to launder money to an array of people requiring bribes.Our contributions to major athletic university programs may help to provide placement to students that may not have access under normal channels, the organization stated in tax documents.Federal law enforcement began the investigation, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, in May 2018, based on a tip from a confidential source who was being interviewed as part of a separate investigation, said FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta.Make no mistake: This is not a case where parents were acting in the best interests of their children.

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The following local students have been named to the University of Vermont dean's list for the fall semester: Erin Varnum, of Dighton and Benjamin Will, of South Dartmouth.,BRISTOL, RI - The following local students have been named to the fall dean's list at Roger Williams University: ASSONET Reese Schader DARTMOUTH Zachary Beaulieu, Olivia Chesney, Logan Desousa, Connor Humason, Meredith Nailor, Jessica Silvia DIGHTON Jacob Ferreira,  Adam Rose FALL RIVER Samantha DaRocha, Alexus Moniz, Monica Pavao, Cheyenne Quintal, Alexi Rebello, Mollie Rigby, Makenzie Rose, Sabrina Sousa SOMERSET Aliscia Carvalho, Hannah Carvalho, Gwenyth Darmody, Lily Fortier, Sydney Murphy, Lauryn Novo, Leia Stone, Nicholas Viveiros.,SWANSEA Karina Barao, Sydney Duquette, Katie Lepage, Alexander McCrae, Andrew Murphy WESTPORT Jacqueline Collins, Preston Duclos, Kady Long, Kayla Martel, Isaac Martin, Nicholas Oliveira, Keyana Pietraszek LITTLE COMPTON Ellie McCarthy TIVERTON Emily Blais, Mitchell Dasilva, Rebecca Farias, Bennett Flanagan, MacKenzie Maitland, Jacqueline Tosi EASTON - The following local students were named to the fall dean's list at Stonehill College: Class of 2019 Olivia Dexter of North Dartmouth, Nathan McShane of Somerset.,BRISTOL, RI — The following local residents were among the students who received their degrees in December as part of Roger Williams University's Class of 2018: Courtney Almeida of Westport, master's degree in criminal justice Sydney Costa of Fall River, bachelor's degree in legal studies Andrea Souza of Tiverton, certificate in paralegal studies WORCESTER — The following students have been named to the dean's list at Becker College for the fall semester: Eric Canto, of Westport, is pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing.,FRANKLIN — Dean College announced the following local students have earned a place on the president's list for the fall semester: Nicole Cabral of Westport, Tyler McAloon of Berkley, Brendan Pacheco of Fall River   BOSTON — The following local students have made the dean’s list at Wentworth Institute of Technology for the fall semester: FALL RIVER Muhammad Hamza Hashmi, Michael Pimentel, Dipesh Tarun Pate, Marc Yokel, Sergio Adriano Monteiro Depina SOMERSET Cecile Rose Pacheco, Cassie Mariah Cordeiro, Zachary T Martin, Philip E Chagnon SWANSEA Ling Jiang, John Manuel Silveira   WEST HAVEN, Ct. — The following students from Somerset were named to the dean's list at the University of New Haven for the fall semester: Cameron Filipe, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, bachelor of science, forensic science Caroline Romano, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, bachelor of science, criminal justice