The streaming service announced on Monday that its upcoming documentary “Operation Varsity Blues” directed by Chris Smith is going to “take a deeper look” at Rick Singer, “the man at the center of the scheme.”
Singer, a college admissions advisor, allegedly persuaded “his wealthy clients to cheat an educational system already designed to benefit the privileged.”
“Operation Varsity Blues” is set to include interviews and “narrative recreations of the FBI’s wiretapped conversations” that reportedly happened between Singer and his clients.
Singer reportedly collected roughly $25 million from dozens of individuals over the course of nearly a decade to bribe school coaches and administrators into pretending their children were athletic recruits to ensure their admission into top tier colleges, prosecutors say.
William ‘Rick’ Singer, front, founder of the Edge College & Career Network, exits federal court in Boston on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, after he pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Netflix announced on Monday that its upcoming documentary ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ directed by Chris Smith is going to ‘take a deeper look’ at Singer.
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The Newport Beach, Calif., businessman pleaded guilty in Boston federal court in 2019 to charges including racketeering conspiracy and obstruction of justice. As a part of his guilty plea, Singer said he would pay at least $3.4 million to the feds, according to The Boston Globe.
Since the scandal went public, Huffman pleaded guilty in May 2019 to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter’s answers on the SAT exam.
She served 11 days in a California prison. Huffman, 58, also received one year of probation, was ordered to perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine.
Felicity Huffman (R) leaves federal court with her husband William H. Macy (L) after she was sentenced in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal in Sept. 2019.
In August 2020, Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli pleaded guilty to charges stemming from $500,000 payments to Singer to get their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, recruited onto the University of Southern California’s crew team. The two had never participated in the sport.
Loughlin, 56, was released from the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Calif., on Dec. 28 after completing her two-month sentence.
Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were among 50 people — including coaches, powerful financiers, and entrepreneurs — charged in a brazen plot in which wealthy parents allegedly schemed to bribe sports coaches at top colleges to admit their children.
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In her plea agreement, Loughlin agreed to serve two months and pay a $150,000 fine along with two years of supervised release and 100 hours of community service.
Giannulli, 57, was ordered to pay a $250,000 fine with two years of supervised release and 250 hours of community service in addition to a five-month prison sentence. He is slated to be released from prison on April 17.
Fox News’ Jennifer Earl and Julie Musto contributed to this report.