How Stanford is wrapped up in the college cheating scandal

Dozens of schools, coaches, and a handful of celebrities found themselves enmeshed in a major college admissions scandal after federal prosecutors unveiled a litany of racketeering charges Tuesday morning.

In the brief, prosecutors alleged that in a handful of cases, parents paid college coaches at universities large sums of money to pretend like their children were elite athletes, when in fact they possessed no such qualifications.

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John Vandemoer, the sailing coach at Stanford University, will plead guilty to charges relating to the case, DOJ officials told The Chronicle on Tuesday. According to the complaint, Vandemoer worked with William Rick Singer, the owner of Edge College & Career Network, to create “a student-athlete ‘profile'” that “falsely suggested” the Stanford applicant was an elite sailor in the fall of 2017.

In exchange, Singer directed a number of payments to Vandemoer. First, Singer sent Vandemoer $110,000 from one of his charitable accounts after the student chose to defer his acceptance to Stanford in May of 2018. Around the summer of 2018, the student chose to attend a different university. Singer then paid Vandemoer $500,000 to reserve the spot for another of Singer’s clients.

The second Singer client ultimately chose not to apply to Stanford. Singer then sent a third payment of $160,000 to Vandemoer, which the two agreed would serve as a ‘deposit’ for a hypothetical recruit in the future.

The full complaint can be read here.

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