Sunday 18 August 2019

Parents paid $6.5m to gain college entry

The family of a Chinese student admitted to Stanford University paid $6.5m (€5.8m) to the man at the heart of the college admissions scandal. Stock image
The family of a Chinese student admitted to Stanford University paid $6.5m (€5.8m) to the man at the heart of the college admissions scandal. Stock image

Kate Taylor

The family of a Chinese student admitted to Stanford University paid $6.5m (€5.8m) to the man at the heart of the college admissions scandal.

Yusi Zhao, also known as Molly, was admitted to Stanford in 2017 after her parents paid Newport Beach college consultant William Singer the seven-figure sum, the 'Los Angeles Times' reported.

Neither Ms Zhao nor her parents, who live in Beijing, has been charged and it is unclear whether they are being investigated. Stanford University rescinded Ms Zhao's admission in April and she is no longer a student there.

A court hearing in March heard Mr Singer had tried to get Ms Zhao recruited to the Stanford sailing team and created a false profile of her supposed sailing achievements.

She was not recruited, but she was admitted to Stanford partly on the basis of those false credentials. (© Independent News Service)

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