By: Alexandria Hernandez
Federal prosecutors charged 50 people in what they are calling the, “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.” Dozens of celebrities and wealthy families, many who reside in the bay area, are being accused of paying millions in bribes to help get their children into prestigious universities.
Students at San Francisco State University voiced their frustrations about the scandal.
“America is, you know, a place where you get the good education. But sometimes that good education has been stole from you in a way.” Sia Chovatiya an international student, explained how she took her SATs twice in order to get better scores and increase her chances of getting a good scholarship. She was upset to learn that wealthy parents paid administrators to change students test scores.
Kyle Cabral a student at San Francisco State said, “It’s not fair to us because you know we work really hard to get into school.”
Authorities say parents paid administrators between 15-75,000 dollars for higher sat scores and falsified college applications. These payments were made to a fake charity orchestrated by business man William Singer.
The parents involved are being charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, money laundering, and racketeering. Administrators and university coaches linked to the scandal are also facing ramifications. For now, no legal action is being taken against the students.