Former Oakland teacher files $500 billion lawsuit in college admissions cheating scandal

Remigio Civitarese
Marzo 17, 2019

In a case filed Thursday in San Francisco Superior Court, a Bay Area mother claims that her son was rejected from certain universities due to cheating by wealthy parents. Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among two of the more notable names charged in the scandal.

A second suit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Northern California, on behalf of two Stanford students, Erica Olsen and Kalea Woods.

Rick Singer and Edge College & Career Network were also named in the suit, which could expand to thousands of individuals that are seeking financial remedy from the universities and others over the scandal.

The complaint alleges the universities were negligent in granting admissions to unqualified students by corruptive means.

"Her degree is now not worth as much as it was before, because prospective employers may now question whether she was admitted to the university on her own merits, versus having rich parents who were willing to bribe school officials", the suit states, referring to Woods.

She wrote in the filing that her son worked hard and graduated from high school with a 4.2 GPA (grade point average; 4.0 would be a ideal score of all top A grades) but was rejected by some colleges.

"I'm now outraged and hurt because I feel that my son, my only child, was denied access to a college not because he failed to work and study hard enough but because wealthy individuals felt that it was okay to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children's way into a good college".

The filing follows the revelation that celebrities, corporate executives, investment bankers, business owners, top-tier lawyers and even a bestselling author of parenting books allegedly participated in an audacious scheme to get their children into elite universities in the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted.

The sweeping criminal investigation, which came to light earlier this week, alleges that wealthy parents from different parts of the country sought out Newport Beach businessman William Singer with one overriding goal: to get their children into the best colleges.

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