Mark Riddell arrives at federal court Friday in Boston, where he was scheduled to plead guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (Associated Press)
An expert test-taker who admitted posing as wealthy high school students to take their ACT and SAT exams pleaded guilty Friday in connection with a college admissions scheme that has also ensnared dozens of parents — including Hollywood celebrities and corporate executives.
Mark Riddell, 36, pleaded guilty in a Boston federal courtroom to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering and agreed to forfeit $240,000, the Los Angeles Times reported. Prosecutors allege that more than 50 parents paid up to $25 million to middleman William “Rick” Singer to guarantee spots for their children at elite universities.
“I can make scores happen,” Singer told one parent of Riddell’s ability to boost test scores, according to wiretapped conversations quoted in the FBI affidavit. “And nobody on the planet can get scores to happen.”
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