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The Wall Street Journal: Tipster who alerted feds to college-admissions scheme was dad seeking leniency in securities fraud case

The tipster who led federal authorities to the biggest college-admissions scam they have ever prosecuted was Morrie Tobin, a Los Angeles financial executive who was being investigated in a securities fraud case, according to a person familiar with the investigation.

Tobin was being questioned in an alleged pump-and-dump investment scheme — in which people conspire to inflate the price of a stock so they can sell it at a profit — when he offered a tip to federal authorities in an effort to obtain leniency, according to people familiar with the matter.

Tobin, who attended Yale University, told investigators that the head women’s soccer coach at Yale had sought a bribe in return for getting his daughter into the Ivy League school, a person familiar with the investigation said.

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