Southern California at Heart of College Admissions Scandal

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More than a dozen Southern California residents are among those charged Tuesday by federal prosecutors in a national college admission bribery and fraud scheme.

The alleged ring leader is Newport Beach resident Rick Singer. He used the college counseling company he founded and a charity to collect millions of dollars from wealthy parents to get their kids into elite colleges including USC and UCLA. The senior associate athletic director at USC allegedly took over a million dollars in bribes to bring in kids with false athletic credentials. She was fired, along with USC’s water polo coach. The men’s soccer coach at UCLA was put on leave after he was indicted.

Local parents who were indicted include prominent business executives and two Hollywood actresses: Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.