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"Operation Varsity Blues" exposes college admissions scam

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Prosecutors have charged dozens of wealthy parents, coaches and administrators in a massive college admissions scam. Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among the parents charged. USA Today education reporter Chris Quintana joined CBSN to break down the allegations and their consequences.

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13 mar 2019

College Admissions Schemeadmissions scamLori LoughlinFelicity Huffmanyale universityUSCUniversity of Southern californiaStanford

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Gina Ke
Gina Ke Hace 2 meses
It’s clear that none of these parents cared about giving their kids an education. All they wanted was to buy a brand to stamp on their children’s resume. Bragging rights, too.
Margaret Mcree
Margaret Mcree Hace 3 meses
I agree that the colleges can claim they have been victimized. Exposing the scam for all to see has taken the "shine" off a degree from any of those schools. Do you think HR will take a closer look ay applicants who have graduated from the schools in question? Their credentials have been seriously compromised.
Margaret Mcree
Margaret Mcree Hace 3 meses
If USC is a victim of fraud, could they conceivably file a civil suit against Loughlin and Giannuli?
Michael Kensington
Michael Kensington Hace 3 meses
The thing about race being an impediment to getting into the elite schools really only applies to Asian applicants NOT Blacks or Hispanics or other minorities. Blacks and Hispanics have benefited from affirmative action where as Asians have not. Asians have to score much much higher on the SAT, ACT, MCAT, participate in sports and other activities, where Blacks do not. So this idea that affirmative action helps all minorities is a farce and is just as unfair and unethical as these bribing scandals. Let your mental and physical abilities be the factor that get you into college not money or race.
Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins Hace 3 meses
The only federal laws applicable to the states are found in Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution. Considering those few regulatory powers granted to Congress, what federal laws, pray tell, were broken in this Operation Varsity Blues scandal? Think about this... I am fully aware of the lack of morals exercised by these parents, corporate execs, and college teachers and coaches. But, neither the FBI nor any other law enforcement organization has the authority to arrest and prosecute anyone who has not, in fact, violated an actual law or statute. You may call it bribery, but the money was paid to buy various services that would provide their children with an advantage in the college admission process. Again, what actual applicable statute was violated??? If you can't find the actual federal statute, it is likely that nobody else can either. The US Constitution provides Congress with no authority whatsoever over colleges. Even the Department of Education does not have any legal status in any of the 50 states. What is going on here is gross fraud, and it is being committed by the federal government. If anybody thinks that I am wrong, then be my guest to read the Constitution, particularly Article 1, Section 8, then find out which applicable federal statute the FBI believes is being violated, assuming the FBI has even indicated which laws are being broken. Then you will be in a good position to determine if the FBI or any other federal authority has any jurisdiction whatsoever. And if they don't, then you will be in agreement with me. As a side note, people should not worry about what wealthy parents are able to do for their lucky children. Kobe Bryant makes more money than I do. His net worth is about $500 million. So he is able to provide a better lifestyle for his family than I can. He can pay for a better education for his kids than I can. He can go shopping and never have to worry about the prices. And he will have a very nice retirement. Should I complain about that? Who would I complain to and what would I say? If a wealthy parent can pass some dollars under the table to a teacher or coach to provide his son or daughter with some extra college benefits, that is their business. I just need to worry about what I can do to help my kids. Also, there are no victims here. The school is not a victim. The teachers and coaches are not victims. The parents and other participants are not victims. And the other college students or perspective students are not victims either. Nobody is a victim in this thing. But now that the FBI has supposedly stumbled upon this so-called scandal, everybody involved has become a victim because of the grossly unconstitutional behavior of the FBI and the Department of Justice. And finally, you need to know that you are being played by Uncle Sam. This entire Varsity Blues scandal is likely being used as a federal test case to see if the American people can be manipulated emotionally to demand or accept "justice" on this issue without ever realizing that no laws have actually been violated. Right now, the FBI is operating under color of law. Will you Americans allow them to get away with this mafia-grade criminal misconduct?
Thea Jones
Thea Jones Hace 3 meses
Education reporter? He's a bit too late isn't he? Jesus we're f****d!
IBRAHIM SHEIKH SYLLA
The repporter is dealing with a lot of stress 😂😂😂😂🤷🏾‍♂️
J H
J H Hace 4 meses
This is a fake attack on the wealthy to justify Trumps proposals to cut student Federal loans and Pell grants that help poor students.
zokotu ckikazu
zokotu ckikazu Hace 4 meses
Why are people surprised? The system was always rigged/
Shannon K
Shannon K Hace 4 meses
Jesus christ Chris. Eat a muffin
Sam Sunwoo
Sam Sunwoo Hace 4 meses
College degrees are the biggest scam
BOONIQUE
BOONIQUE Hace 4 meses
So the education system in the United States is giving rich so called "white" kids a handicap... Why am I not surprised? At least it's not giving ALL so called "white" kids a handicap like it has throughout most of American history.
Ricardo Soto
Ricardo Soto Hace 4 meses
Where's Trump on this!
Dawn Marie Roper
Dawn Marie Roper Hace 4 meses
What I want to know is, is college really worth all that money?
Asand dy
Asand dy Hace 4 meses
This is exactly how Donald Trump got into college...explains alot
Mari Chiu
Mari Chiu Hace 4 meses
Asand dy- sounds very stupid. Not all wealthy people bribe to get in. Unfortunately the President is smart enough to be accepted in an ivy league school. Even how smart a person are, if you cannot afford the tuition fees, you are out of luck. And I don't see you being any of these qualifies.
Jacqueline Carter
Jacqueline Carter Hace 4 meses
Singer said he's been doing this for 20 yrs. I wonder how far back they will go and what happens to all the kids that benefitted from it?
CINDY GOLDMAN
CINDY GOLDMAN Hace 4 meses
People wonder why younger people are trending towards socialism. Hmmm
Deborah Hoffman
Deborah Hoffman Hace 4 meses
If students with learning disabilities are getting into Harvard, what does that say about Harvard? Just sayin’. My son has a disability and because of this, he surely isn’t going to qualify. Such fraud hurts these people even more.
faith hope&love
faith hope&love Hace 4 meses
How is it that about fifty people were reported to have participated in this college admission scam and the media keep talking about only two families? Why not interchange the names and put the rest of them in the spot light as well.
Juliana Bearington
Juliana Bearington Hace 4 meses
Not sure it would be as big a "news" deal if Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman weren't involved.
Aubrey Barker
Aubrey Barker Hace 4 meses
Tide pods
Aubrey Barker
Aubrey Barker Hace 4 meses
Tide pods
Michael Kwon
Michael Kwon Hace 4 meses
What about affirmative action?That's also an atrocity!How come nobody's talking about it,like those two anchors who got their positions not based on meritocracy!
Decipher Code
Decipher Code Hace 4 meses
Takes "Dumb Blondes" to a new level 🤤. Good punishment for this people! The Universities should also be exposed in this huge scam!
Michael
Michael Hace 4 meses
Minority students do not do as well on the tests. The reporter indicates otherwise. I happen to favor some affirmative action, albeit very little, but the inference that the minority students on the whole have the scores to get in is simply not true.
Chee Chalker
Chee Chalker Hace 4 meses
Jared Kushner? What about all the Kennedys? And Chelsea Clinton? And Malia Obama?
natalieraye love
natalieraye love Hace 4 meses
Ha ha ha ha ua ha BUSTED.. THIS BEEN GOING THIS IS NOTHING NEW. The reporter paid his way also you hear the nervousness in his voice lol
cornelia wissing
cornelia wissing Hace 4 meses
Was Boston uni. involved?
cornelia wissing
cornelia wissing Hace 4 meses
Mr Singer really said he did this for 800 parents?
Michelle Pannell
Michelle Pannell Hace 4 meses
Chris was so nervous here his body was shaking and even his voice. Ahw honey bunch it's gonna be OK go have a muffin dear.
Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda Hace 4 meses
the guest is more nervous than the suspects lol
Proverbs FourTwenty
Proverbs FourTwenty Hace 4 meses
Morrie Tobin ratted Loughlin and Felicity out. Fascinating story here: Freemasonry symbols all over this story. Yale = Skull and Bones, 33 degrees (33 people charged) @t
Danish D'Abreau
Danish D'Abreau Hace 4 meses
hey CBS and whomever- check into Penn State on this stuff too. JUST SAYING>>>>>>>
McLovin the Irish R&B singer
I bet Olivia Jade, her sister and her mom got smashed by a few dozen people on top of that $500,000 bribe to get the 2 daughters into USC.
Father Finger
Father Finger Hace 4 meses
This guy is sooooo FREAKING NERVOUS. HE IS A TRAIN WRECK.
Denver Donate
Denver Donate Hace 4 meses
One of the most important parts of the Declaration of Independence is its preamble, and, more specifically, certain phrases contained within the preamble. Life, liberty and the pursuit of Happiness is unarguably of the most famous lines in American history. Jefferson states that everybody is entitled to the pursuit of happiness. It's important to note that the colonists took care in not just saying that every American has the right to happiness, but more specifically the pursuit of it. To Jefferson, this meant that when our government is doing its job right, we as a people are and should be able to find our own happiness in life. It's up to us to chase after whatever we desire and make it a reality and the only thing holding us back from pursuing happiness is us. Paying to have your test scores boosted, lying about playing a sport you don't play, paying a FAKE non-profit to channel the funds to the person you're paying off for favors......where do you see "donation" in any of these? Take that one kid and turn it into thousands of kids who may never go to college and obtain the education they need. Their studying didn't matter. Their diligence didn't matter. Their parents guiding them and motivating them to prepare while their friends are out partying didn't matter. None of it mattered. It's terrible, criminally terrible. Nothing will change until you get mad. esvid.net/video/v%C3%ADdeo-MRuS3dxKK9U.html
Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins Hace 3 meses
Excuse me, Denver, did you say "criminally terrible?" The only federal laws applicable to the states are found in Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution. Considering those few regulatory powers granted to Congress, what federal laws, pray tell, were broken in this Operation Varsity Blues scandal? Think carefully before you speak... I am fully aware of the lack of morals exercised by these parents, corporate execs, and college teachers and coaches. But, neither the FBI nor any other law enforcement organization has the authority to arrest and prosecute anyone who has not, in fact, violated an actual law or statute. You may call it bribery, but the money was paid to buy various services that would provide their children with an advantage in the college admission process. Again, what actual applicable statute was violated??? If you can't find the actual federal statute, it is likely that nobody else can either. The US Constitution provides Congress with no authority whatsoever over colleges. Even the Department of Education does not have any legal status in any of the 50 states. What is going on here is gross fraud, and it is being committed by the federal government. If anybody thinks that I am wrong, then be my guest to read the Constitution, particularly Article 1, Section 8, then find out which applicable federal statute the FBI believes is being violated, assuming the FBI has even indicated which laws are being broken. Then you will be in a good position to determine if the FBI or any other federal authority has any jurisdiction whatsoever. And if they don't, then you will be in agreement with me. As a side note, people should not worry about what wealthy parents are able to do for their lucky children. Kobe Bryant makes more money than I do. His net worth is about $500 million. So he is able to provide a better lifestyle for his family than I can. He can pay for a better education for his kids than I can. He can go shopping and never have to worry about the prices. And he will have a very nice retirement. Should I complain about that? Who would I complain to and what would I say? If a wealthy parent can pass some dollars under the table to a teacher or coach to provide his son or daughter with some extra college benefits, that is their business. I just need to worry about what I can do to help my kids. Also, there are no victims here. The school is not a victim. The teachers and coaches are not victims. The parents and other participants are not victims. And the other college students or perspective students are not victims either. Nobody is a victim in this thing. But now that the FBI has supposedly stumbled upon this so-called scandal, everybody involved has become a victim because of the grossly unconstitutional behavior of the FBI and the Department of Justice. And finally, you need to know that you are being played by Uncle Sam. This entire Varsity Blues scandal is likely being used as a federal test case to see if the American people can be manipulated emotionally to demand or accept "justice" on this issue without ever realizing that no laws have actually been violated. Right now, the FBI is operating under color of law. Will you Americans allow them to get away with this mafia-grade criminal misconduct?
Karina Kelly
Karina Kelly Hace 4 meses
Aside the point of this video, but...the female reporter's eyes.
valery mortensen
valery mortensen Hace 4 meses
Guess they got beauty not brains and parents don't think their kids have the smarts to get into college on their own
Timothy Walters
Timothy Walters Hace 4 meses
The only deals these criminals should get is who gets a window seat on the prison bus .
edith gold
edith gold Hace 4 meses
Those schools will definately have less applicants=less$ from application fees..
Moon Goddess
Moon Goddess Hace 4 meses
edith gold *definitely
J D
J D Hace 4 meses
If you donate money to the school, you are not taking someone else’s spot, in fact you are contributing to other people getting in. What these people did was of no benefit to the school or students and in fact was harmful. I hope they all serve jail time.
Luis Parga
Luis Parga Hace 3 meses
J Don
Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins Hace 3 meses
@J D "Actually it does deflect from your child’s score as it pushes their score in a lower percentile." -- J Don One drop of water added to the ocean does increase its volume. Right? But the effect is negligible, don't you think? Or do you still want to argue the point? "Also it is illegal, there was money laundering involved." -- J Don The definition of money laundering is: the concealment of the origins of illegally obtained money, typically by means of transfers involving foreign banks or legitimate businesses. Do you understand the definition? The money involved was not obtained illegally. Therefore, ..., are you ready for it, ..., there was no money laundering. "I think your parents must have padded your scores as well." -- J Don Do you really think so? Based on what? Typical liberal attitude. My IQ is 170. It doesn't mean I know everything, but I sure don't need my score padded. Listen, Tonto, if this is the best you got, you are wasting my time. If you really are a snowflake, please go melt somewhere else.
J D
J D Hace 3 meses
Paul Jenkins Actually it does deflect from your child’s score as it pushes their score in a lower percentile. Also it is illegal, there was money laundering involved. I think your parents must have padded your scores as well. 🐲
Paul Jenkins
Paul Jenkins Hace 3 meses
@J D "It’s harmful because the school nor it’s students benefit. " -- J Don But they aren't harmed in any way. If you believe otherwise, then prove it. "Also, what is the point of having kids do standard testing that is compromised? " -- J Don That's a moral issue. If wealthy parents can ensure that their children pass the SAT with flying colors, good for them. It cannot affect my child's SAT score. That means every subsequent test result data analysis of ranking is wrong. " -- J Don Who cares. It is the test score of the potential student that matters. Anyway, only a few people got caught doing this. But many, many more have been doing it for decades, and probably ever since there were educational institutions. So what does it really mean? Nothing. What these wealthy people are doing is not harming anybody.
J D
J D Hace 3 meses
It’s harmful because the school nor it’s students benefit. Also, what is the point of having kids do standard testing that is compromised? That means every subsequent test result data analysis of ranking is wrong.
Ellie Si
Ellie Si Hace 4 meses
And whi is his voice shaking?
Ellie Si
Ellie Si Hace 4 meses
Who are the other wealthy accused?
Jo Anne
Jo Anne Hace 4 meses
Whelp. A lot of Asian parents are angry tonight.
Paltiel Benyamin
Paltiel Benyamin Hace 4 meses
West Hollywood Testing Center says EVERYTHING
Robert
Robert Hace 4 meses
They should lock them all up. Get the list of donors who "paid" for their children's seat from the university donations office and start filing indictments. This the university way of selling seats. It's the same thing, and then go after the university admissions!
Suhair nejim-ludwic
Suhair nejim-ludwic Hace 4 meses
The golden globe that felicity Hoffman got should be taken away from her as the prize stands also for morality and substance of ethics
Olivia Shaw
Olivia Shaw Hace 4 meses
The reality is THEY knew the truth and Every day looking into the mirror they had to reject the inescapable fact that one day the whole house of cards could fall.
Deelyte007
Deelyte007 Hace 4 meses
These rich people's children had every advantage in life from the very beginning of their lives. They have access to the best schools, tutors and other supplemental academic help. Yet, they still grew up to be too damn dumb to get a competitive grade on their SATs and ACTs, write a decent essay or effectively compete, on a level playing field, against their equally privileged counterparts. Some young black/brown students from inner cities are without any advantages, and, in fact, face a slew of disadvantages. Colleges enroll black/brown students everyday who overcome many odds and still manage to compete against privileged youth and in a lot of cases outshine them. That's what's wrong with these people. They're so inadequate on so many levels that they must seek out ways to feel superior. Well, the proverbial sh*t is hitting the fan and everybody close to this crime is gonna get blasted. Something tells me these are the same people who would say pull yourself up by your bootstraps and argue against affirmative action policies - which is essentially paving a path for qualified racial minorities who would otherwise be denied access. Aw, the hypocrisy.
Jason peng
Jason peng Hace 4 meses
Why does this guy sound so nervous when he talks?...he comes off so sus..lol
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