Ex-counsellor admits taking college admission tests for wealthy US children

Expert test-taker in college admissions scheme pleads guilty

Expert test-taker in college admissions scheme pleads guilty

In addition to the exam-rigging scheme, prosecutors say parents paid Singer tens of thousands of dollars to bribe coaches into pretending that their kids were athletic recruits to boost their chances of getting accepted.

Riddell was charged with almost 50 other people, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and other wealthy parents who allegedly paid bribes to get their children into elite USA colleges. There, the Harvard graduate would "secretly take the exams in place of actual students" with some parents even providing samples of their children's "handwriting, so Riddell could imitate it while taking the exam". She paid Riddell $15,000 to correct her daughter's answers, prosecutors said. In 2011, Riddell took the SAT for the student and scored a 1670, enough to gain admission to Chapman University in Orange, Calif. Riddell was also paid to take the student's graduation exams as well.

Riddell received $10,000 for each student's test, prosecutors said.

Riddell told Singer afterward that the resulting score would be a 35 out of a maximum 36 - a prediction that prosecutors said came true. Huffman pleaded guilty Monday to fraud conspiracy. The crimes he acknowledged committing - conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud; and conspiracy to commit money laundering - carry sentences of up to 20 years in prison each and substantial fines.

The 36-year-old, wearing a dark suit and glasses, looked straight ahead and showed no emotion as assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen explained that prosecutors will seek a sentence at the low end of the guidelines, which call for 33 to 41 months in prison.

Riddell has been cooperating with authorities since February in the hopes of getting a lenient sentence.

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"I want to communicate to everyone that I am profoundly sorry for the damage I have done and grief I have caused those as a result of my needless actions".

"I assume full responsibility for what I have done. I understand how my actions contributed to a loss of trust in the college admissions process", he said in the statement released by Stechschulte Nell, Attorneys at Law.

Sidoo has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The Vancouver businessman has pleaded not guilty to charges as part of a wide-ranging college admissions bribery scandal.

Among dozens of others charged in the scandal are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin; Loughlin's husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli; college sports coaches; athletic administrators; and CEOs.

Those 16 parents had previously been charged with conspiracy to commit fraud. He's one of many people brought down by the college admissions scandal, including Rick Singer, who was reportedly the mastermind of the scheme, and former Yale University women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith.

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