Not quite.You are 100% correct. There really is no difference, but the reason they are coming down on them is because they cut out the school making the profit.
When a billionaire drops 30-40 million on buildings for a school over the years and then gets their son accepted. That is one thing. It's between Billionaires and the school. You will never see Frost getting in trouble for his granddaughter getting preferential treatment regarding admissions.
When B list celebs worth 10-20 mill drop 50-100k to some middle man(and the school sees no profit) that is when it gets busted because it is between millionaires, non revenue sports coaches, and some other semi high level people related to the school.
That is the point I was making. The billionaires and high ups in the schools have the means to get these kids in without actually getting into any legal trouble.Not quite.
In this scandal academics and athletic achievements were falsified. Fraudulent SAT test scores were submitted. Bribes were paid to admissions staff and coaches to accept these records . A fake non-profit was created to provide illegal tax deductions. All of these are activities are serious crime.
There is nothing illegal about a university accepting a student as a legacy, or if the family is a wealthy donor.
They pull the same thing with healthcare via CMS. They fined a bunch of hospitals for implanting defibrillators in patients for cases that didn't have FDA approval. Problem is the sample size is so small they can't do a study to approve it. Needless to say, they got sued and no more fines.Private institutions receive federal tax dollars for any number of initiatives. The federal government can place any number of contingencies to receive these funds. Title IX compliance, for example.
Lelling is engaging in intellectually dishonest grandstanding because he's politically ambitious and sees an opportunity to be perceived as some sort of egalitarian, class warfare hero. This is the same clown who started including the (unlawful) immigration status of individual defendants in his office's press releases, regardless of what they were actually being prosecuted for. The guy has his eyes on something bigger.The guy from the article who said this is so funny that he deserves a Netflix comedy special.
“They chose to corrupt and illegally manipulate the system,’’ Lelling said of the parents. “There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy.”
Got it. Thanks for clarifying.That is the point I was making. The billionaires and high ups in the schools have the means to get these kids in without actually getting into any legal trouble.
These upper middle class people are trying to move in on their racket and are trying to get kids in on the "cheap". If these families were willing to pay the "full price" and donate a building directly to the school they would be in the clear.
No they aren't. They're cracking down on puppets. Puppets are easily replaced. Honestly I really doubt they ever try to touch the real people behind this stuff. Some closets simply ain't worth digging into.The defendant, Rudolph “Rudy” Meredith, is charged in US District Court in Boston with two wire fraud counts, according to court filings unsealed Tuesday.www.bostonglobe.com