The Newport Beach Mastermind Behind the College Scandal

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In 2007, Rick Singer of Newport Beach founded a college advisory business called The Key. Turns out The Key opened what Singer described in court as a “side door” into elite schools.

He had deep knowledge of how to game the system. Singer is a former teacher and athletic coach who has been in the college counseling business since 1992. He is the author of Getting In, a book on college admissions. Federal prosecutors say Singer turned his expertise into a $25 million bribery scheme involving dozens of parents and coaches.