“cash was funneled through a sham charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation”
This gives you an idea of just how large and far reaching this scandal goes. Huge amounts were involved.
Chief Launderer in College Admissions Scam Plans to Cooperate
The chief financial officer of the firm behind the U.S. college admissions scandal has agreed to plead guilty to racketeering charges and cooperate with federal prosecutors in their investigation, according to documents filed in court Friday.
Steven Masera, 69, helped William “Rick” Singer, founder of the Newport Beach, California, college-counseling firm and the admitted mastermind of the scam, launder fees that clients paid to fix their children’s college-entrance exams and bribes for university sports coaches to designate the kids as recruited athletes, according to prosecutors. The cash was funneled through a sham charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation.
Masera sent bills to the parents, whose children were admitted to prestigious schools including Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and the University of Southern California. His crimes involved laundering $9.5 million to $25 million, the government claims. No students or colleges have been charged.
In the case against actor Lori Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, Masera sent the parents an invoice in 2017 seeking payment of $200,000 one week after one of their daughters was accepted to USC, investigators say.
“Thank you for your pledge to The Key Worldwide Foundation,” the bill read, according to an FBI affidavit. “Your pledge is now due. … Our receipt letter will go out to you upon full payment.”
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