2019 Top fraud case- College admissions scandal

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners has just ranked the College Admissions scandal as the number one “most scandalous fraud case of 2019.”

As a summary, on this historic case, the U.S. District Attorneys Office charged more than 50 celebrities (Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin), parents, admissions officers and coaches for scheming to buy “spots for their children in freshman classes at Yale, Stanford, the University of Southern California and other big-name schools.”

Who would have imagined? You and I, we did, of course! If you are a subscriber of this blog, you will notice that the conditions to bring about these allegations were foretold in my book Fraud in Education: Beyond the Wrong Answer published in November 2016. And discussed in my two Google ranked articles the following year. See part 1 and part 2.

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In fact, the College Admissions Scandal was so outrageous that two Stanford University students lead a class action suit against top schools for muddying the entire college admissions and applications process. Read the actual case here.

If you would like to read and study the actual complaint and indictment, they are posted on this website. Of, if you’d like a historical perspective on the environmental conditions existing in the education sector that increases the risk for fraud, see my ground-breaking article: The Educator Fraud Prism. If you want a quick image to explain it all in 10 seconds, or less, see below.

Fraud Prism
Fraud Prism developed by Tonya Mead, Phd

For a summary on the other types of fraudulent activities occurring in the education sector, see my fraud in educational sector and cyber security terms resource here and assorted fraud resources for investigators and auditors on this page.

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