It hasn’t even been two months since federal prosecutors charged 50 people in the largest college admission scandal ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice – but a lot has happened.
Yesterday, the Los Angeles Times identified the Chinese student whose family paid a $6.5 million bribe to ensure admission to Stanford. Yusi Zhao, who also goes by Molly, was admitted to Stanford in 2017 after the scam’s ringleader, William “Rick” Singer, billed her as a competitive sailor. No one from Zhao’s family has been charged so far. Stanford’s former sailing coach, however, pleaded guilty to racketeering in connection with the scandal back in March.
Meanwhile, the parents charged are developing their legal strategies. While 19 parents are pleading not guilty, 14 parents have said they will plead guilty and cooperate with the investigation – which, combined with the cooperation of Singer and others who helped facilitate the scam, could lead to more indictments.
Larry sits down with two reporters who have been covering the story to hear the latest on the scandal.
Joel Rubin, reporter covering federal courts and agencies for the Los Angeles Times, who was one of the reporters that broke the story on the Chinese family behind the $6.5 million bribe for Stanford admission; he tweets @joelrubin
Melissa Korn, reporter covering higher education for the Wall Street Journal, who was one of the reporters that broke the story on Chinese family behind the $1.2 million bribe for Yale admission; she tweets @melissakorn