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Admissions Scandal Already Has Book and TV Show in the Works

The college admissions bribery scandal already has a book in the works and that unreleased book is already getting a TV adaptation.

Perhaps it was inevitable given that this news story has not left headlines since the story broke, but if you don’t know what I’m writing about then let me clue you into the broad strokes:

 

William Singer
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Federal investigators in case dubbed Operation Varsity Blues uncovered that parents were rigging entrance exams and paying bribes to school officials to have their children admitted as student-athletes even if the children didn’t play sports. This was mostly done through a college admissions business run by William “Rick” Singer, who primarily arranged the transactions.

As of today, Singer has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigators.

 

Felicity Huffman (left), Lori Loughlin
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The New York Times has released a list of the accused, and among the thirty-three accused parents are Lori Loughlin, famously known for her role as Aunt Becky in Full House, her husband Mossimo Gianulli, a fashion designer, William E. McGlashan Jr., a partner at the equity firm TPG, and Felicity Huffman, known for her Emmy Award-winning role as Lynette Scavo in Desperate Housewives.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Huffman intends to plead guilty to paying $15,000 to have someone else take the SAT for her oldest daughter and disguising the payment as a charitable contribution.

 

Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Gianulli
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Meanwhile Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Gianulli are charged of mail fraud and money laundering conspiracy and they face up to twenty years in prison on each charge, but People reports that Lori Loughlin is ‘confident’ she will not see jail time.

However, following the indictments, Loughlin lost roles on Hallmark Channel’s When Calls the Heart and Garage Sale Mystery movie series and will not return for the final season of Netflix’s Fuller House.

Not surprisingly, a book detailing the admissions scandal is in the works. Vanity Fair reports that it “will detail the admissions scandal and the extravagant, illegal lengths to which parents went to secure their children’s admission into prestigious colleges like Yale, Stanford, U.C.L.A., Georgetown, and U.S.C”. Titled Accepted, it is be written by Wall Street Journal reporters Melissa Korn and Jennifer Levitz.

The Portfolio division of Penguin Random House will published the book.

Jumping on the adaptation train is an Emmy-Award winner DV Devincentis.

 

 

DV Devincentis

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Devincentis is a writer and producer. He’s worked as an executive producer/writer on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, which got him an Emmy, as well as a writer/co-producer on High Fidelity, and a writer/producer on Lay the Favorite.

 

Sue Naegle

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Joining Devincentis, as reported by Deadline, are Sue Naegle, Ali Krug and Patrick Chu, who are set to produced a limited series based on the scandal on behalf of Annapurna Television. Of the three, Sue Naegle is the best known for being an executive producer for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Honestly, it should be less surprising that an unreleased book based on the admissions scandal is getting a limited series, but it honestly isn’t.

 

 

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Author Among Those Charged In FBI College Acceptance Scam

The biggest news story of the day is the massive bribery scheme that was uncovered by the FBI. The Justice Department just charged and arrested fifty people in what is called “Operation Varsity Blues”, where a group of wealthy parents, coaches and college prep executives carried out fraud in order to get students into prestigious colleges. This includes paying a college prep organization to correct answers on students tests and bribing coaches to admit students as recruited athletes regardless if they have athletic ability.

Many wealthy people have been charged in this case. The most prominent people involved are actresses Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) and Lori Loughlin (Fuller House). An FBI agent told CNN that the money paid in this scam could be anywhere between $200,000 to $6.5 million.

 

Many wealthy people have been charged in this case. The most prominent people involved are actresses Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) and Lori Loughlin (Fuller House)
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One of the more interesting names in this case in Jane Buckingham. She is a published author and marketing consultant who runs her own media firm. She has written multiple books: The Modern Girl’s Guide To series and What’s Next: The Experts’ Guide: Predictions From 50 Of America’s Most Compelling People.

 

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According to The Washington Post, Buckingham donated $50,000 dollars to the Key Worldwide, the “nonprofit” at the center of this scam, to get someone to take a college entrance test for her son. The FBI secretly recorded Buckingham talking to one of the people arranging the test:

 

“I know this is craziness- I know it is. And then I need you to get him into USC, and then I need you to cure cancer and [make peace] in the Middle East.”

 

So much for getting into a good school based on merit.

 

 

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