College Bribery Scandal
USC Student Threatens Suicide
… Alums Could be Stripped of Degrees
3/22/2019 1:00 AM PDT
The USC admissions scandal has become so intense, one student threatened suicide because her parents used the services of ringleader Rick Singer … TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the investigation say the girl was grief-stricken because her parents chose Singer to help her gain admission. We’re told the university has investigated and determined in this case Singer’s services were legit. Our sources say the girl is now receiving counseling.
Our sources say the investigation has broadened significantly and university officials now say they are looking to revoke degrees of alums who gained admission by fraud. We’re told university officials believe they have 8 cases where alums used Rick Singer’s services in a suspicious manner.
Our sources say in all 8 cases, the students used the Athletic Placement Services … similar to the way Olivia Jade and Isabella gained admission. We’re told there is one case where an alum “self-reported” — meaning he contacted the university and blew the whistle on himself — saying he cheated on the ACT test with the help of Singer. The alum played football and received a scholarship, even though we’re told he did not meet the academic standards for athletes. We’re told the university will not take action against the alum, in part because he self-reported.
Sources tell us … USC officials are interviewing members of the athletic staff other than those already indicted.
The university is working with other “victim schools” and, so far … it’s not clear which schools had the most abuse in the admissions process.
Our sources say USC officials are currently working with both the U.S. Attorney and FBI.
We’re told the university will resolve the fraudulent admissions cases in 2 to 3 weeks.
And finally, USC is retaining an outside auditing agency to design a fraud prevention plan.
As we reported, Lori Loughlin‘s daughters, Olivia and Isabella, have officially withdrawn from the university, but there’s still an investigation that could lead to then being banned from campus forever.