Sacramento man pleads guilty in nationwide college admissions bribery

Sacramento man pleads guilty in nationwide college admissions bribery

Sacramento man accused of running a nationwide college admissions bribery scheme involving wealthy parents and coaches at elite universities pleads guilty.

William “Rick” Singer pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges including racketeering, money laundering, fraud and obstruction of justice.

Federal authorities say Singer schemed with parents, coaches, and others to pay students’ way into schools, making it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department. 

“Between 2011 and 2018, wealthy parents paid Singer about $25-million in total to guarantee their children’s admissions to elite schools including Yale, Georgetown, Stanford, University of Southern California, University of Texas, UCLA and Wake Forest,” said U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, District of Massachusetts.

Singer started the college counseling business in Sacramento.

He spent years in Sacramento before moving to Newport Beach. Neighbors said he lived near Sacramento State before moving — Some say he was either never here or kept to himself. 

The Key Worldwide, Singer’s foundation, has a Sacramento-based telephone number which was unanswered when trying to call it. 

Singer’s lawyer is Sacramento Defense Attorney Donald Heller, who isn’t commenting on the case. 

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