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13 Bay Area parents charged in college admissions cheating scandal

STANFORD (KRON) -- While two actresses implicated in the college bribery scandal are getting much of the press, of the more than 33 parents charged, 13 of them are Bay Area residents.

At a news conference Tuesday, federal officials announced 50 people have been charged in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and administrators to get their children into some of the nation's top universities.

“We're talking about deception and fraud fake test scores, fake athletic credentials, fake photographs, bribed college officials,” U.S. Attorney from the District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling.

These are the 13 Bay Area parents who are among 33 charged.

Prosecutors say they paid this man , William Rick Singer, an admission consultant, to bribe coaches and administrators get their kids into elite universities.

“Singer’s clients paid him anywhere $100,000 to $6.5 million for this service,” Lelling said. “Though the majority paid $250,000 to $400,000 per student.”

One of those parents on the list, Todd Blake, tweeted in march of 2019, “So very excited that my daughter Charlotte will be attending USC next year!”

Court documents allege Blake paid $200,000 to singer's foundation and $50,000 to USC'S 'Women's Athletics department to make that happen.

Also implicated Stanford University Head Sailing Coach John Vandemoer, who has now been fired. He pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to accepting bribes.

According to court documents, Vandemoer conspired with Singer to hold admission spots for two prospective students who were falsely suggested to be competitive sailors.

In return he received $27,000 in contributions to Stanford's sailing program.

Neither of the two students ended up attending.

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