Feds signal adult children in ‘Varsity Blues’ cheating scandal may face criminal charges

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(BOSTON) — Federal prosecutors in Boston have signaled that some of the adult children of parents charged in an ongoing college cheating scandal could also face criminal charges.Prosecutors have sent target letters to adult children who were believed to have known about the scheme and who were at least 18 years old when it was conceived, according to a source familiar with the letters who spoke to ABC News on the condition of anonymity. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston declined to comment.The existence of the target letters was first reported by the Boston Law Journal.It’s unclear who received a letter or how many were sent.U.S. Attorney for District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling said in announcing the charges against parents last month that it was unclear how much the children were aware, if at all, of the cheating schemes.Target letters typically inform a subject they are part of an investigation and encourage cooperation. By themselves the letters do not necessarily indicate the recipients will be charged.The scandal was exposed on March 12 when Lelling announced charges against over 50 people, including many notable CEOs and actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman. William Singer, who ran a college counseling service called Key Worldwide Foundation, pleaded guilty to helping students get into their chosen colleges either by cheating on the SATs or ACTs or by falsely claiming some of the applicants were student-athletes.Singer accepted $25 million in bribes to carry out the cheating schemes, according to the indictment.The Oscar-nominated actress Huffman was among those to plead guilty this week in the scandal. She was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud and faces a maximum of 20 years in prison.“I am pleading guilty to the charges brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office,” Huffman said in her statement. “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”Loughlin, and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, have yet to make a plea over the accusations that they paid $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters designated as crew athletes despite never competing in the sport.In the most recent development in the case, Mark Riddell pleaded guilty in Boston federal court on Friday to charges that he took SAT and ACT tests in place of students at the behest of Singer.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Long Island Labor Day Weekend 2015 Events

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York With this weekend unofficially marking the end of summer—fall technically starts Sept. 22—Labor Day festivities are the last chance for Long Islanders to revel in peak beach season.What better way to celebrate a holiday—held the first Monday of every September—that honors the achievements of American workers then by spending the last weekend of summer relaxing?We’ve compiled this list of ideas to do just that. Instead of running out the clock on summer BBQ hopping as usual, mix it up with something different this Labor Day, like any one of these local events.44th Mother Cabrini FeastSuffolk County Community College, Michael J. Grant Campus, Brentwood. mothercabrinifestival.org 4 p.m. September 2-7.69th Shinnecock Annual PowwowShinnecock Indian Nation, 1 Little Church Street, Southampton 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday Sept 4-7.The Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: Aziz Ansari & Amy SchumerNikon at Jones Beach Theater, 1000 Ocean Pkwy, Wantagh. jonesbeach.com $45. 5:15 p.m. September 4.Westhampton Beach 7th Annual Festival of the ArtsWesthampton Great Lawn Great Lawn, Main Street, Westhampton Beach. paragonartevents.com/westhamptom. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. September 5-6.Seaford FestivalLong Island Rail Road station, Sunrise Hwy., Seaford. 11 a.m-6 p.m. September 5-7Huntington Lighthouse Music Festival5 Barclay St, Huntington Station, Huntington. lighthousemusicfest.com 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. September 5.Eisenhower Park Craft & Gift ShowEisenhower Park, 1899 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. September 5-6.Long Island Sound ChampionshipParchment Yacht Club, Babylon. September 6-7Cold Spring Harbor Car ShowMain Street (Route 25A) coldspringharborvillage.org 10 a.m- 4 p.m. September 6.Chabad’s Famous Backyard BBQ13 Woods Lane, East Hampton. chabadofthehamptons.com $30 adults/$15 children. 5 p.m-8 p.m. September 6Garden City Country Club-Labor Day BBQ206 Stewart Ave, Garden City. gardencitycountryclub.org September 6.Long Beach Labor Day McAvoy RunRiverside Boulevard, Long Beach. 8 a.m. September 7America’s Love Affair with the MotorcycleThe Ward Melville Heritage Organization, 97P Main Street, Stony Brook. stonybrookvillage.com $5, $3 for children under 12. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., through Sept. 7.Labor Day BBQ Manhasset Bay Yacht Club455 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050 manhassetbayyc.org 4:30 p.m. September 7.last_img read more