William Singer, the architect of the elaborate college admissions fraud scheme, “Operation Varsity Blues,” was given a 3.5-year prison term last Wednesday.
Singer, who also goes by the name Rick, plead guilty to racketeering, money laundering, and conspiracy charges. Prosecutors originally asked for six years but he was sentenced to 3.5 years in prison plus 3 years of supervised release. He was cooperative with authorities during the investigation.
The scheme in question saw wealthy parents pay large sums of money in attempts to get their children into prestigious colleges like Yale via bribes, cheating, and fraud. For example. Some students faked athletic records and ability in order to gain entry to their school of choice via an athletic spot.
Many of the other participants have already been charged and sentenced including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Singer has received the longest sentence of any of the participants so far. Singer is set to report to prison by February 27.