A father and son from New Jersey are a part of a lawsuit related to a major college admission scandal that involves over 50 people, including some famous actresses.
Rutgers University student Nicholas James Johnson says that he was rejected from the University of Texas in Austin, as well as Stanford University – despite having an SAT score of 1500 and posting a 4.65 GPA. He claims that he was denied a fair opportunity for admission.
Lawyers suggest that students involved in the lawsuit would have to prove that the colleges that rejected them were part of the scheme, in order to receive compensation.
Meanwhile, the Hallmark Channel has fired former “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin who is charged in the scandal. Loughlin had been a series regular on the drama “When Calls the Heart.” Loughlin and her husband allegedly paid $500,000 for their two daughters to be designated as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team. She is now free on $1 million bail.
Golfer Phil Mickelson says that he is among “thousands” of those who used the college consulting company accused of orchestrating the bribery scheme. Mickelson tweeted that his family was “shocked” by the recent revelations about William “Rick” Singer. Mickelson emphasized that his family was not involved in any fraud and that he hasn’t been charged with a crime.
Most of the schools involved in the scandal are private, but officials say that they do accept federal funding, which means they are bound by federal education rules. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says that officials are reviewing whether that scandal violated the rules. She calls the scheme “disgraceful.”
Prosecutors said that the colleges themselves aren’t the targets of their criminal case.