A crucial part of the multi-million dollar college bribery scheme involving stars including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin was the two college entrance exam administrators who allegedly took bribes to look the other way while someone else sat tests for students or changed their answers after they had left the room.
Niki Williams from Houston, Texas, and Igor Dvorskiy from Los Angeles are the two administrators charged as part of the scheme.
They allegedly accepted bribes of between $5,000 and $10,000 at a time to let Mark Riddell either sit an exam in a child’s place or alter their answers once they had left the test room to get them a higher score.
They were both charged with conspiracy to commit racketeering by a grand jury in Massachusetts.
Niki Williams, a special education teaching assistant from Houston, Texas, is shown leaving court on Tuesday after making an initial appearance to face a single charge of racketeering
The West Hollywood College Preparatory School was one of the places where the cheating took place. It is owned by Igor Dvorskiy, not pictured, who allegedly took payments to allow the scheme
The other test administrator is Niki Williams, a special education teaching assistant who worked at Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas (shown)
Williams was as an assistant special education teacher at Jack Yates High School in Houston.
She was also an SAT test administrator and oversaw students as they sat the exam.
Dvorskiy is the principal of the West Hollywood College Preparatory School where students also took their tests.
Mark Riddell sat the tests for students and in some cases changed their answers once they had left the room
As part of the scheme, ringleader Rick Singer sent the children whose parents had bought into the scheme to one of their centers to sit the test.
Among the excuses he used for them not sitting it in their home cities or states was that their families were attending weddings or bar mitzvahs in the towns where they would sit the test.
The kids, for the most part, were told by their parents that they were just being given extra help, according to the indictment.
According to the indictment, most of the children sat their tests alone, over multiple days after being granted extra time.
Riddell allegedly proctored Felicity Huffman’s oldest daughter Sofia’s SAT exam in December 2017. Sofia (second left) is shown with her younger sister Georgia and her famous parents. William H. Macy, her father, was not charged and Huffman did not use the scheme for Georgia
Williams and Dvorskiy let Riddell either pose as the students or would allow him to change their answers once they had finished. They then mailed the tests to the College Board afterwards to be graded.
Rick Singer is the ‘mastermind’ behind the scheme. He cooperated with the FBI and is facing a maximum of 65 years behind bars
William was introduced to Singer through Martin Fox who used to run a private tennis academy.
He was also charged.
The indictment claims Singer paid him $50,000 for an introduction to Williams and that some of that money was later used to pay her.
Williams went to extreme lengths to break the rules, according to the indictment.
In one case, she allowed Riddell to sit a test in the place of Jane Buckingham’s teenage son when he was not even in the state.
He sat his test in his bedroom with his mother watching over it, thinking that would be what got him into college, while Riddell sat the one which was actually submitted under his name to the College Board.
Williams insisted Singer pay her first for because that particular scheme was ‘crazy’.
THE FULL LIST OF PEOPLE CHARGED WITH COLLEGE ADMITTANCE SCAM
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli spent $500,000 getting their two daughters into USC, according to prosecutors
Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli
Actress Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo are among the three most well known names on the list. They have two daughters, Olivia, 20, Isabella, 19, and Mossimo also has a son from a previous relationship. It is not clear which of their children is in college.
Olivia is a YouTube star who has amounted millions of fans online but she is also enrolled at USC, as is their 19-year-old daughter Isabella.
They allegedly paid $50,000 to get their oldest daughter into USC under the guise that she was a crew coxswain when in fact she does not row crew.
Felicity Huffman is accused of paying a $15,000 bribe to get her oldest daughter Sofia into USC
Huffman is best known for her role on Desperate Housewives.
She is married to fellow actor William H. Macy but he has not been charged in the indictment.
The pair have two daughters, Sofia, 18, and Georgia, 16.
Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to have her daughter’s exam proctored by Mark Riddell.
Riddell was described by authorities as ‘just a really smart guy’ who would either sit tests for students, change their answers afterwards or help them actively while they took it in one of two test centers that was ‘controlled’ by the scheme’s ‘mastermind’ Rick Singer.
Huffman allegedly used the scheme in December 2017 but the indictment does not specify how Riddell allegedly helped her daughter.
She considered using it for her youngest daughter, Georgia, but decided in the end that she did not need to, according to authorities.
THE COLLEGE PROFESSORS, COACHES AND ‘MASTERMIND’
William Rick Singer, the ‘mastermind’
Rick Singer ran The Key, a college preparation business
Singer is accused of leading the scam.
He led a college counseling program and, according to prosecutors, also ran a fake charity through which he funneled bribes.
The scam worked in two ways; he would have people come into the exam to correct students’ answers and he also then bribed sports coaches to offer them scholarships, in some cases for sports they did not even play.
Singer cooperated with authorities as part of the investigation and continued taking bribes after he had been contacted by police.
Some of his conversations were recorded by police who obtained a wire tap to listen in. He is facing a maximum of 65 years behind bars and has pleaded guilty on all counts he was charged with.
It remains unclear if he will be given leniency given his cooperation.
Meredith is a women’s soccer coach at Yale. In his bio on the college’s website, he is heralded as the ‘winningest’ coach, with 24 seasons under his belt.
Riddell is the director of IMG Academy , a college entrance exam preparation company.
Rudolph Meredith, the women’s soccer coach at Yale (left) and Mark Riddell, director of IMG Academy
Vandemoer is the head sailing coach at Stanford.
Ernst is the head of women’s tennis at the University of Rhode Island.
He taught at Georgetown in the past and worked as a personal tennis coach for Michelle Obama and her daughters, Sasha and Malia, while they were in the White House.
John Vandemoer (left) is the head sailing coach at Stanford. Gordie Ernst was Michelle Obama’s private tennis coach when she was First Lady. He is now the head of women’s tennis at the University of Rhode Island.
Homa H Zadeh is a professor at USC. He is the Associate Professor and Director, Advanced Education Program in Periodontology.
Center is the men’s soccer coach at the University of Texas.
Homa H Zadeh (left) is a professor at USC. Michael Center (right) is the men’s soccer coach at the University of Texas.
Heinel is the senior women’s athletics director at USC. She is alleged to have accepted a $50,000 from Lori Loughlin and her husband, among others, for admitting fraudulent tests.
Janke is a former assistant soccer coach at USC. She allegedly took payment from Loughlin and her husband for their youngest daughter.
Donna Heinel (left) is the senior athletic director at USC. Laura Janke (right) is a former assistant soccer coach
Khosroshahin is the head women’s soccer coach at USC.
Vavic is the head coach for the men’s and women’s water polo teams at USC.
Ali Khosroshahin (left) is the head of women’s soccer at USC and Jovan Vavic is the head of the men’s and women’s water polo teams at USC
Dvorskiy is the president of the West Hollywood College Preparatory School and he worked at the West Hollywood Test Center where he turned a blind eye as the cheating happened for $10,000 at a time.
Williams worked as a test administrator at one of the test centers Singer told parents he ‘controlled’. She was a teaching assistant for Jack Yates High School in Houston, Texas.
McGlashan is a prolific private equity investor who is the founder and managing partner of the firm TPG Growth.
He is also at the helm of The Rise Fund, a social impact fund he launched with Bono.
Gregory and Marcia Abbott
New York couple Gregory and Marcia Abbott, 68 and 59, were also named.
Gregory Abbott is the founder and chairman of International Dispensing Corp., a successful food and beverage packaging company.
The couple, who have homes in New York City and Aspen, Colorado, allegedly paid a total of $125,000 to have someone take the ACT and SAT subject tests for their daughter so she could gain entrance to Duke University.
Bill McGlashan and Gregory Abbott are pictured
Abdelaziz stepped down as president and COO of Wynn Resorts in 2016.
He is accused of bribing Donna Heinel, the senior women’s athletics director at USC, to recruit his daughter for the basketball team in 2017.
According to court documents, his daughter played high school basketball but was not gifted enough to get recruited as an athlete so he arranged for her to be one.
He then made a $300,000 ‘donation’ to the fictitious charity run by ‘ringleader’ Rick Singer and then made monthly $20,000 payments directly to Heinel.
His daughter got into the college but never joined the basketball team, according to the documents.
In a phone call with the fixer, they said: ‘I’m not going to tell the IRS anything about the fact that your $300,000 was paid to Donna– Donna Heinel at USC to get [your daughter] into school even though she wasn’t a legitimate basketball player at that level.’
Buckingham is the owner of the now defunct market research firm, Youth Intelligence. She sold the company in 2003.
She is charged in the scheme for allegedly paying $50,000 to have someone else take her son’s ACT exam in July 2018 because he had tonsilitis.
Buckingham sent a handwriting sample for her son to a test taker and had him take a fake exam at home so he wouldn’t know about the fraud, court documents indicate.
Gamal Abdelaziz, the president and COO of Wynn Resorts (left) and Jane Buckingham, the owner of the now defunct market research firm Youth Intelligence
Caplan is a financial attorney and partner at the firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City. He lives in Connecticut.
He allegedly paid $75,000 to have Singer arrange a proctor to corrected his daughter’s answers after she took the ACT in November or December 2018.
Flaxman is the CEO, Co-founder, Crown Realty & Development, Inc, a real estate company based in Orange County.
Gordon Caplan (left) is a financial attorney and partner at the firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher in New York City. Robert Flaxman (right) is the CEO, Co-founder, Crown Realty & Development
Vineyard owner Huneeus owns a range of wines that are produced in Napa Valley.
He allegedly participated in both the college entrance exam cheating scheme and the college recruitment scheme for his daughter in 2017 and 2018 by conspiring to bribe Heinel and Jovan Vavic, the USC water polo coach, to facilitate his daughter’s admission to USC as a purported water polo recruit, according to the indictment.
Elisabeth Kimmel is the former president of Midwest Television. She sold it in 2017 for $325million. Agustin Huneeus, whose family owns vineyards in Napa Valley, was also charged
Lis and Manuel Henriquez
Kimmel, of Las Vegas, Nevada, is the former president of Midwest Television. She sold it in 2017 for $325million.
She allegedly used the scheme to get her daughter into Georgetown and her son into USC by pretending the former was a tennis player and the latter was a pole vaulter.
Kimmel ultimately facilitated $475,000 in payments to KWF, according to the affidavit.
MacFarlane and his wife Christy are well known on the San Diego social and charity circuit.
He sits on the board of multiple companies and the family has their own trust but it is not exactly clear what he does.
Elizabeth and Manuel Henriquez
Diane and Todd Blake
I-Hsin “Joey” Chen
Amy and Gregory Colburn
Peter Jan Sartorio
Bruce and Davina Isackson