US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling District of Massachusetts answered the following questions during the press conference earlier today.
What will happen to the students?
“As to charges against them, we're still considering that.”
“It's not an accident that there are no students charged in these charging documents. The parents, the other defendants, are clearly the prime movers of this fraud, it remains to be seen whether we charge any of the students.”
How many students were able to make it into these schools over the years?
"We don't know the total number... this is still ongoing. So the 33 parents who we have charged, their children were able to get in somewhere. There are more than that but I'm not prepared to give you a total."
What were the different routes taken by the parents?
“There were essentially two kinds of fraud that Singer was selling, one was to cheat on the SAT or ACT, and the other was to use his connections with Division I coaches and use bribes to get these parents kids into school with fake athletic credentials. Some parents took advantage of one, I think Miss Huffman for example took advantage of one of these which was the SAT cheating scam, some took advantage of the other, and some took advantage of both. There's no pattern that way.”
What kind of sentences will they serve?
It's a little premature for that, I mean the statutes that we charge people under all have very high statutory maximums but the actual sentence that someone might face, we just don't know that yet it's very premature for that. Some of these bribes are substantial, bribes between as Ii said usually between 250,000 and 400 thousand dollars, actually I should say donations to Singer from which he made these bribes of college coaches. So it's a little premature to say what ranges of sentencing they might be under.
Did the schools know?
"I think that's an important distinction to draw, it appears that the schools are not involved. It appears that in all of these instances with the exception of one USC administrator, University of Southern California administrator who we have charged. The coaches were allotted slots for athletic recruitment, The coaches worked with Singer, meaning they accepted bribes, Singer gave the coaches sufficiently impressive fake athletic credentials. Coaches used those athletic profiles to convince everyone else internally that this was a good recruit for the team, the person was admitted and the coach pocketed a bribe."