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  • This story is a bombshell, all right?

  • Dozens of rich parents, including Hollywood actors,

  • accused of straight up bribing their kids' way into college.

  • I mean, some of these parents allegedly paid

  • up to $6.5 million,

  • which is insane.

  • Honestly, for that amount of money,

  • just buy a smarter kid.

  • Now, the alleged mastermind of this entire scheme

  • is a man named William Singer, right?

  • Parents paid him millions of dollars,

  • and then he spread those bribes around.

  • REPORTER: According to prosecutors,

  • the scheme involved two kinds of fraud,

  • parents paying a college prep organization

  • to help their children cheat on SAT or ACT exams

  • and others paying to allegedly bribe college coaches

  • to help admit the students as athletes

  • regardless of their athletic skill.

  • REPORTER 2: Singer went as far as to Photoshop kids' pictures

  • into sporting events,

  • even made up athletic achievements.

  • REPORTER 3: In one instance, a parent sending this photo

  • showing their daughter playing water polo in high school.

  • But, in fact, the photo was another student.

  • Whoo-wee!

  • The balls on these people,

  • to just literally Photoshop their kids' faces

  • on to the bodies of real athletes.

  • And I also can't believe nobody noticed this.

  • 'Cause the parent was just there, like,

  • "We're so proud of our little Joshua.

  • "He is, like-- Here he is during the state championship game.

  • "And here he is in the spring,

  • when he won the gold medal at the track meet."

  • So, reportedly, reportedly,

  • these college coaches would take bribes

  • to pretend that they needed

  • these non-athletes on their teams.

  • And then once the kids got into the school,

  • the kids would just never play. Yeah.

  • You know what I think? I think the perfect punishment

  • for these coaches would be forcing them to compete

  • with a team full of all the fake athletes that they recruited.

  • Yeah. That should be the punishment.

  • -(cheering and applause) -And then...

  • and then, on top of that, on top of that,

  • we say that they have to win the championship

  • or all of them go to jail. Yeah.

  • It would be, like, a really uninspiring Disney movie.

  • "From the makers of The Mighty Ducks comes

  • The Wealthy Dicks."

  • I think it has potential, guys. I really think it does.

  • And, now, there's some people out there

  • who might sympathize with these parents, you know?

  • They might be saying, like, every parent wants the best

  • for their kids, which is true.

  • Every parent does want the best for their kids.

  • I mean, except for prairie dogs, you know? Yeah.

  • No, because prairie dogs eat their young.

  • Yeah. Oh, don't "aw" me.

  • This is the animal kingdom. It's brutal.

  • Yeah. This is real life. It's not like The Lion King--

  • warthogs friends with lions. No.

  • In real life, Simba would be face-deep

  • in Pumbaa's intestines, all right? That's how it would be.

  • Yeah. Hakuna matata, my ass.

  • That warthog would have a lot of matatas, my friend.

  • Anyway, my point is,

  • before you feel sympathy for these parents

  • for just wanting the best for their kids,

  • remember that these kids already had so many advantages, right?

  • They went to the best high schools.

  • They could easily afford tutors and extracurriculars,

  • but, clearly, it still wasn't enough.

  • I mean, these parents are shameless.

  • Like, they're literally on Shameless.

  • Oh, and here's another reason.

  • Here's another reason

  • you shouldn't feel bad for these parents--

  • because it turns out, a lot of them are a bunch of dicks.

  • WOMAN: Marcie Palatella told Confidential Witness One,

  • her and her spouse "laugh every day"

  • about how grateful they were for CW One's services.

  • "We're, like, it was worth every cent."

  • WOMAN 2: A wiretapped transcript details

  • a father and Singer creating a plan to trick USC

  • into thinking his son was a football kicker.

  • The father laughing, telling Singer,

  • "That's just totally hilarious,"

  • admitting his son's high school "doesn't have a football team."

  • MAN: The FBI says some parents disguised their payments

  • to Singer as contributions to a charity he ran

  • so they could deduct the payments on their income taxes.

  • -Wow. Wow. -(audience groaning)

  • So not only were they laughing about scamming these schools.

  • It turns out they were also scamming the IRS.

  • How greedy can a person be?

  • 'Cause I mean, they're already committing bribery.

  • And then on top of that, they claim it was to charity

  • to get their bribes back from the IRS?

  • Like, they just added a bonus crime

  • to the crime that they already committed.

  • That was not necessary.

  • It's like you're robbing a bank, and then, on the way out,

  • you start stealing the pens. "While I'm here.

  • -Mah." -(laughter)

  • So these parents could be facing some pretty serious time.

  • And knowing them, they're probably trying

  • to bribe their way into the best prisons, you know.

  • They'll be like, "Why should you accept me into your prison?

  • "Well, I actually ran the library at Shawshank.

  • "Here's a photo of me doing that, so, uh..."

  • (laughter, applause)

  • "I think you should let me in."

  • Obviously... obviously I'm joking.

  • None of these rich people are actually gonna go to prison.

  • Come on. No, I'm being serious.

  • At worst, they're probably gonna get community service.

  • Yeah. Like, they'll have to pick up trash in Beverly Hills.

  • Be like, "Uh-huh,

  • "another hundred dollar bill on the ground.

  • Uh-huh. So dirty."

  • So, honestly, I won't lie.

  • I don't feel any sympathy for these parents.

  • But their kids, on the other hand...

  • Their kids-- that's another story.

  • Because according to prosecutors,

  • most of the kids had no idea

  • that their parents took part in this scheme.

  • And this is such a shitty way to find out

  • that your parents think you're a dumb-ass.

  • (laughter)

  • Because they paid to make your life easier.

  • Like, if I was one of these kids,

  • now I would be questioning everything good

  • that happens to me in life.

  • Like, if one of my good-looking classmates hit on me,

  • I'd be like, "You don't really like me.

  • "You're just my dad in a wig.

  • "Give me that hair! Give me that hair!

  • "Give me that..." (imitates tearing sound)

  • "Aah, aah, aah! Oh, wow. It was real.

  • "Uh, Dad, I did it again.

  • I need you to bail me out."

This story is a bombshell, all right?

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