Since the indictment was announced in March 2019, eighty-five of the accused defendants have pleaded guilty or have pleaded guilty. Thirty-three of those were parents, including actress Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and Ms. Loughlin’s husband, Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer. Their sentences have been nine months in prison.
Few of the parents are scheduled to go to trial in the new year.
The target of the surgery was William Singer, who claimed to be the “concierge” consultant for wealthy families. He ran with a company called Kiyi and another affiliate foundation, which provided a mix of real and imaginative activities, and worked with a network of sports coaches and coaches.
He has pleaded guilty to one count of fraud and other charges and is working with the government, although he has not yet been convicted.
Mr. The singer, popularly known as Rick, told parents he could bring their children through a “side door” reserved for recruited players.
Prosecutors said Mr. Singer’s actions encouraged parents who wanted a permit; he repeatedly told them that they would not have to pay in full until their children were approved.
“Parents didn’t come up with a plan; It was Rick Singer, “said Leslie Wright, one of the prosecutors.” But without them, it would never have happened. “
Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. Mr. Singer gave years of college training to the two men, earning their trust, defense attorneys told the judges, and they had no reason to suspect him.