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The cost of bribing your way into Yale: $1.2 million

Of all the bribes allegedly paid to get students into elite universities and disclosed in sweeping charges unveiled Tuesday, none is more eye-popping than the $1.2 million that federal prosecutors say was paid by one applicant’s parents in exchange for admission to Yale University.

Overall, prosecutors alleged that parents paid $25 million between 2011 and February 2019 to William “Rick” Singer, a college-admissions consultant who pleaded guilty Tuesday to racketeering conspiracy and other crimes. Federal authorities called it the biggest college-admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department. Singer’s lawyer said he will cooperate with prosecutors and that he is “remorseful and contrite and wants to move on with his life,” the Associated Press reported.

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