China student's mum admits paying US$6.5 million for Stanford admission

05 Mai, 2019, 20:41 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • The family of student Yusi Zhao who was admitted to Stanford in 2017 allegedly paid US$6.5 million to get their child into college

Singer told her the donation was "for the salaries of academic staff, scholarships, athletics programs and helping those students who otherwise will not be able to afford to attend Stanford", Zhao said.

Law firm Mayer Brown declined to give the mother's full name or say whether Yusi Zhao is still at the prestigious Ivy League college.

Stanford expelled Molly Zhao in late March for falsifying her sailing experience.

Yusi Zhao was admitted to Stanford in 2017 after her family, who live in the Chinese capital of Beijing, allegedly paid William "Rick" Singer - who has since pleaded guilty in the scheme - to gain admission to the private California university. Stanford rescinded her admission and she is no longer a student there, the newspaper said. Her daughter has a record of "good academic performance and extracurricular achievements", and had offers from several USA colleges, she said.

The mother of Yusi Zhao, identified only as Mrs. Zhao, said she donated the money to William Singer's foundation on April 21, 2017, at his request nearly a month after her daughter received an offer from the university, according to a statement provided on Friday by her lawyer Vincent Law, a Hong Kong-based partner at Mayer Brown.

Morgan Stanley adviser Michael Wu referred the parents to Singer, the source said.

Moreover, Aghaian tells the paper that it was the wirehouse itself that introduced Wu to Singer "as a trusted service provider".

Singer was paid about $25 million by parents as part of the scheme, said Andrew Lelling, the USA attorney for MA.

Stanford University released a statement following the report.

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"It's important to clarify that Stanford did not receive $6.5 million from Singer, or from a student's family working with Singer", it said.

The student, her parents and Wu have not been charged in the scandal.

Of the 50 people charged, 33 are parents.

Felicity Huffman, left, and Lori Loughlin arrive separately for their federal court appearance in Boston.

She was not recruited, but she was admitted to Stanford partly on the basis of those false credentials. The scandal has embroiled high schools, test administrators, guidance counselors and students - and now a wealthy mother in China. The family of Sherry Guo allegedly paid him $1.2 million, though charges against them have not been filed, according to the LA Times. Loughlin has pleaded not guilty.

He was the owner of the college counseling and prep business known as "The Key" and the CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation, the charity connected to it.

Singer's scheme involved cheating on standardized tests and paying bribes to secure coach-controlled spots on athletic teams.

A Stanford University student walks in front of Hoover Tower on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, Calif.

Singer was paid about $25 million by parents as part of the scheme, said Andrew Lelling, the USA attorney for MA.

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