Tuesday, January 18, 2022

The “American Universities” scandal … A new documentary on Netflix

The documentary “Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admissions Scandal”, which Netflix began showing on March 17th, has sparked controversy in the United States, due to exposure to the largest fraud on the university education system in months. Faculties.

In March 2019, 50 people, including actresses Laurie Laughlin and Felicity Hoffman, were accused of implementing the largest fraudulent college admission scheme amounting to $ 25 million, as wealthy people, businessmen, and influential personalities spent millions of dollars securing their children’s admission to prestigious colleges across the United States. According to “Time” magazine wrote.

The magazine said, “The media hype that arose at that time is due in large part to the fact that the wealthy work according to different rules in the country, but there is general satisfaction that many felt when seeing justice achieved for those who believed that their transgressions might go unnoticed.

The film shows how Rick Singer started his coaching career in Sacramento in the 1990s after he trained professional basketball, and for the film’s director, finding information about Singer was one of the project’s biggest challenges.

Smith tried to understand the character of Singer through his tones of voice in calls with those involved with him from the celebrities and the wealthy who all refused to participate in the film, so Smith sought help from college counselors, or Singer’s acquaintances, some of whom helped paint a complete picture of the man and his long-term tactics.

The appearance of one of the accused
Former sailing instructor at Stanford University, John Vandemore, was among the 50 accused in the case, and he was the first to be convicted, and pleaded guilty to one count of the extortion conspiracy, and admitted to accepting payments for his sailing program in exchange for admitting two students to the university, but the judge The sentenced said that “the coach was probably the least guilty” of all those involved in the scheme, and was sentenced to two years in prison.

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