Thirty-three parents were charged with fraud after paying tens of thousands of dollars to get their children into elite schools

The years-long, $25m scheme to pump the children of dozens of wealthy Americans into elite schools, revealed on Tuesday, alternated between the elaborate and the almost comically basic.

Beginning in 2011 William “Rick” Singer, who the FBI has charged with racketeering, would variously photoshop the faces of non-athletic, but wealthy, students onto the heads of actual athletes he had found on the internet, and have the director of a private college preparatory school stand in for other students in SAT tests.

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