The full list of people charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, and who has pleaded guilty so far

The full list of people charged in the college admissions cheating scandal, and who has pleaded guilty so far

  • Prosecutors have charged dozens of people with participating in the college admissions scandal.
  • The parents charged include the actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.
  • Coaches and test administrators were also among the people charged. Here’s the full list.
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More than 50 people have been charged with participating in the college admissions scandal, a scheme involving bribery, money laundering, and document fabrication to unfairly get students admitted to elite colleges.

Court documents reviewed by Insider said the scheme included bribing college athletic coaches to recruit students regardless of their athletic ability, as well as cheating on entrance exams.

Prosecutors said the scheme was led by William Singer, a college-prep professional. He has pleaded guilty.

“Parents paid Singer approximately $25 million to bribe coaches and university administrators to designate their children as purported athletic recruits, thereby facilitating the children’s’ admission to those universities,” the Department of Justice said in a March 2019 press release.

Dozens of wealthy people, including celebrities and CEOs of public and private companies, were charged.

Here’s the full list of people charged and how they were described in charging documents — as well as who has pleaded guilty in the scheme:

College athletics

  • Gordon Ernst: the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Georgetown University. He agreed to plead guilty in September 2021.
  • Donna Heinel: a senior associate athletic director at the University of Southern California.
  • Ali Khosroshahin: the head women’s soccer coach at USC. He pleaded guilty in June 2019.
  • Laura Janke: an assistant women’s soccer coach at USC. She pleaded guilty in May 2019.
  • Jovan Vavic: a water-polo coach at USC.
  • Jorge Salcedo: the head men’s soccer coach at UCLA. He pleaded guilty in July 2020.
  • William Ferguson: the women’s volleyball coach at Wake Forest University.
  • Michael Center: the head men’s tennis coach at the University of Texas at Austin. He pleaded guilty in April 2019 and plans to cooperate with prosecutors.
  • Rudy Meredith: the head women’s soccer coach at Yale. Meredith was the first to plead guilty, shortly after the charges were first filed in March 2019.
  • John Vandemoer: the sailing coach at Stanford. He pleaded guilty in March 2019.

College admissions and school administration

  • William Rick Singer: the owner of the Edge College & Career Network and CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation. He pleaded guilty in March 2019.
  • Lisa “Niki” Williams: an assistant teacher at a high school in Houston who administered College Board and ACT tests. She agreed to plead guilty in August 2020.
  • Martin Fox: the president of a private tennis academy in Houston. He pleaded guilty in October 2019.
  • Igor Dvorskiy: the director of a private school in Los Angeles who administered College Board and ACT tests. He pleaded guilty in November 2019.
  • Steven Masera: an employee of the Edge College & Career Network and the KWF. He pleaded guilty in May 2019.
  • Mikaela Sanford: an employee of the Edge College & Career Network and the KWF. She agreed to plead guilty in August 2020.
  • Mark Riddell: a counselor at a private school in Florida. He was accused of taking college entrance exams in place of students and correcting students’ answers after they had taken the exam. He pleaded guilty in April 2019.

Parents

This article has been updated.

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