Napa winemaker, Mill Valley investor among those accused in college bribery scheme


BAY AREA (KRON) — A federal judge says “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin can be released after posting $1 million bond in a case in which she and her husband are accused of paying bribes to get their daughters into college.

Dozens of defendants in the alleged nationwide scheme were arrested Tuesday.

At least 50 people – including 33 wealthy parents– are accused of paying up to $6.5 million to help their children gain admission into the nation’s most competitive universities.

KRON4 obtained new information Wednesday about two prominent families embroiled in the cheating scandal who are linked to a prestigious Marin County school.

San Rafael’s Marin Academy confirmed that two of their parents were among those charged in the nationwide college bribery scandal that has so far ensnared 50 people.

One of those parents is Mill Valley resident Bill McGlashan Jr.

He had been on the board of trustees of the college preparatory high school but has since resigned since the story broke.

He has also been put on leave from TPG — the global private equity firm he founded.

McGlashan’s accused of bribing a USC associate director to get his son recruited as a punter, despite the fact that Marin Academy doesn’t have football team.

In an excerpt from the court authorized wiretap, Rick Singer, the alleged ringleader of the scheme, identified as cooperating witness number 1, says, “So I’m going to make him a kicker.” In response, McGlashan laughs and says he does have really strong legs.

Another Marin Academy parent, Agustin Huneeus Jr., an affluent Napa Valley winemaker, is accused of paying Singer to help his daughter cheat on the SAT test and bribing to get her on to USC’s water polo team by fabricating her athletic profile that included the photo of another girl playing the sport.

A wiretap allegedly caught Huneeus asking is there any risk in what he was doing.

Marin Academy has issued a statement saying there is no indication that anyone at the school was aware of or participated in the alleged illegal and highly unethical behavior.

They say they are shocked by these charges against these parents and are especially concerned about the impact this will have on their children.

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