He wouldn’t just fake your kids’ water polo skills and pump up their SAT scores — college admissions scammer William “Rick” Singer could also fake your kid’s race.
As part of his larger scheme to get low-performing rich kids into top colleges, Singer would sometimes falsify students’ ethnicities to give them an affirmative-action advantage, according to a little-reported detail from his guilty plea before a federal judge in Boston.
Singer’s plea mostly focused on how he admittedly collected more than $25 million from well-heeled parents to help their kids cheat on SAT tests or win bogus “athletic” recruitments.
Singer would also sometimes lard up kids’ resumes and entrance essays with fake references to awards and extra-curricular activities, Assistant US Attorney Eric S. Rosen told Judge Rya Zobel.
But in a scheme reminiscent of the 1986 comedy flick “Soul Man,” Singer led admissions officials to believe that some students were worthy of affirmative action priority — even when they were not.
Singer was guilty of “lying about students’ ethnicities and other biographical information in an attempt to take advantage of perceived benefits from affirmative action and other programs,” Rosen told the judge Tuesday, according to a transcript.
The prosecutor gave no details of how many ethnicities were fudged or for which schools.
“Elizabeth Warren was just ahead of her time, apparently,” tweeted National Review senior political correspondent Jim Geraghty, referring to the Massachusetts senator outed as identifying herself as Native American.
The college scam outraged affirmative-action proponents who decried the system being gamed by non-minorities.
“They took advantage of affirmative action,” tweeted @JandellH. “I want, no need these people locked up.”
More than 30 parents have been charged in the scheme, including “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman and “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin.
Loughlin has also been axed by the Hallmark Channel, where she starred in the series “When Calls The Heart.”
Loughlin’s younger daughter, YouTube and Instagram “influencer” Olivia Jade Giannulli, meanwhile has been dropped by Sephora, which created a limited-edition bronzing and highlighting palette in her name.