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40位名人高管因招生舞弊丑闻被捕

Chris Morris 2019年03月17日

有40多人因为通过行贿把孩子送入名校被捕,其中包括菲丽西提·霍夫曼和洛莉·路格林。

本周二波士顿发布了法庭记录,曝出一大波名人都因为一起全国性的大学招生舞弊案被逮捕,名单里有女演员,还有首席执行官,简直是名人录。

有40多人因为通过行贿把孩子送入名校被捕,其中包括菲丽西提·霍夫曼和洛莉·路格林,涉及乔治城大学、斯坦福大学、加州大学洛杉矶分校和耶鲁大学等。

检察官称,在这起欺诈案件中,孩子们以运动员的身份被名校录取,无论他们的运动能力如何。包括耶鲁大学前任女子足球教练等多名学校官员也面临指控。

“从2011年前后至今,被告——其中大部分被告的孩子都是在申请上大学的高中生——和他人共同谋划,通过贿赂和其他形式的欺诈行为,促成孩子能被马萨诸塞州等地的大学录取,涉及学校包括耶鲁大学、斯坦福大学、得克萨斯州大学、南加州大学和南加州大学洛杉矶分校”,起诉书附带的一份宣誓书中称。

起诉书中列明的被告还包括硅谷投资基金TPG Growth创始人兼管理合伙人小威廉·麦克拉汉、葡萄酒大亨奥古斯丁·胡纳斯、风投公司Dragon Global首席执行官罗伯特·桑格里洛、知名律所Willkie,Farr&Gallagher联合主席戈登·卡普兰、Midwest Television老板兼Ballast Point Brewing董事会成员伊丽莎白·基梅尔,以及太平洋投资管理公司(Pimco)前任首席执行官道格·霍奇。

据报道,涉案行贿金额高达600万美元。大部分情况下,孩子们不知道自己被录取是因为行贿。

电视剧《绝望主妇》(Desperate Housewives)的主演霍夫曼会同其配偶、演员威廉·梅西,涉嫌 “将15000美元作为慈善捐款……目的是通过参与舞弊让大女儿被大学录取。霍夫曼后来又准备为她的小女儿故技重施,不过后来决定放弃了。”

最近出演了Netflix的喜剧片《欢乐再满屋》(Fuller House)的路格林和她丈夫涉嫌同意支付50万美元的贿金,让两个女儿被南加州大学划船队录取,尽管她们之前从未参与过划船运动。

“今天曝出的指控令人不安,应该引起所有高校的关注。”美国全国大学体育协会(NCAA)于周二在一份声明中说。“我们正在调查这些指控,查明涉案人违反了协会的哪些规则。”(财富中文网)

译者:Agatha

A who’s who of famous names, from actresses to CEOs, have been arrested as part of a national college admissions cheating scam, according to court records unsealed in Boston Tuesday.

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among the more than 40 people arrested for paying bribes to get their children into elite schools, including Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA, and Yale.

The scam said prosecutors, arranged for children to be recruited as athletes, regardless of their athletic abilities. Academic officials, including the former women’s soccer coach at Yale University, are also facing charges.

“Beginning in or about 2011, and continuing through the present, the defendants—principally individuals whose high-school age children were applying to college—conspired with others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children’s admission to colleges and universities in the District of Massachusetts and elsewhere, including Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California, and the University of Southern California-Los Angeles,” an affidavit supporting the indictment said.

Also named in the indictment are William E. McGlashan Jr., founder and managing partner of TPG Growth, a Silicon Valley investment fund, wine baron Agustin Huneeus, Robert Zangrillo, CEO of venture firm Dragon Global, Gordon Caplan, co-chairman of the notable law firm Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, Elisabeth Kimmel, owner of Midwest Television and a board member at Ballast Point Brewing and former Pimco CEO Doug Hodge.

The bribes reportedly went as high as $6 million. The children, generally, did not realize their admission was due to a bribe.

Huffman, who starred on TV’s Desperate Housewives and her spouse, actor William H. Macy, allegedly “made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000…to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter. Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so.”

Loughlin, who most recently starred on the Netflix’s comedy Fuller House, and her husband are accused of agreeing to pay $500,000 in bribe to have their daughters recruited to the USC crew team, even though they had not previously participated in crew sports.

“The charges brought forth today are troubling and should be a concern for all of higher education,” the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) said in a statement Tuesday. “We are looking into these allegations to determine the extent to which NCAA rules may have been violated.”

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