Tag: Bribery and Kickbacks

Exit Polls Suggest No Clear Winner in Israeli Election

JERUSALEM — Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s conservative prime minister for the past decade, and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, a centrist former military chief, emerged in a dead heat in Tuesday’s parliamentary election, according to early returns and surveys of voters leaving the polls. Regardless of who becomes the next prime minister, the election appeared to […]

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North Carolina G.O.P. Chairman Indicted in Corruption Probe

The chairman of the North Carolina Republican Party has been charged in connection with an effort to bribe the state’s insurance commissioner through campaign donations, according to a federal indictment that was unsealed on Tuesday. The party chairman, Robin Hayes, was charged with five counts, including bribery and conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. […]

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Bezos’s Security Consultant Accuses Saudis of Hacking the Amazon C.E.O.’s Phone

SEATTLE — Jeff Bezos’s security consultant accused the Saudi government of gaining unauthorized access to the Amazon chief executive’s phone, as part of an effort to harm the world’s richest man. In an opinion article in The Daily Beast on Saturday, Gavin de Becker, Mr. Bezos’s security chief, alleged the Saudis wanted to hurt Mr. […]

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Elite Colleges Announce Record Low Admission Rates in Wake of College Cheating Scandal

It is harder than ever to get into a top-tier college. That was the message this week as several of the nation’s most selective universities trumpeted the news that they had record numbers of applicants — and record low admission rates. But the news was also troubling for many parents and students in the wake […]

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Adolescence: Drawing the Line Between Helping and Helicoptering

The recent college admissions scandal has, not surprisingly, reignited concerns about overinvolved parents. Though few parents will intervene to felonious extremes, the widespread critiques of parents who meddle too much can leave us questioning our everyday instincts to help our children. Sometimes parents with the best intentions fall into the traps that are known as […]

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12 People, Including 6 Coaches, Plead Not Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

A tennis coach with a country club membership and a second home on Cape Cod. An assistant teacher at a Houston public high school. A college administrator whose reputation as a stickler for the rules belied what prosecutors say was a penchant for secretly taking bribes to facilitate students’ admission. All together, a dozen people, […]

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Admissions Scandal Stokes Hard Questions on Recruited Athletes

A dozen years ago, the University of Washington barred athletic coaches from having contact with anyone in the admissions department. With a move that now seems prescient, administrators sought to allay any concerns that coaches could put undue pressure on admissions personnel, while also bringing more oversight to athletics, in this case through a committee […]

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How Not to Be a Snowplow Parent

Many of us watched the college bribery scandal unfold last week as a kind of nationally televised master class in how not to parent a teenager. But even many well-intentioned parents fall into some of the same patterns as the wealthy parents charged in the case: removing obstacles to ensure that their children don’t have […]

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Japan’s Olympic Chief to Step Down Amid Corruption Investigation

TOKYO — The head of Japan’s Olympic Committee said on Tuesday that he would step down at the end of his term this summer — a decision that comes as he faces a French corruption investigation into how Tokyo was chosen to host next year’s Summer Games. The committee’s president, Tsunekazu Takeda, has said that […]

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College Admissions: Vulnerable, Exploitable, and to Many Americans, Broken

Standardized test scores are manufactured. Transcripts are made up. High-stakes admissions decisions are issued based on fabricated extracurricular activities, ghostwritten personal essays and the size of the check written by the parents of the applicant. [The college admissions scandal has raised a lot of questions. We’ve answered them here.] American universities are often cast as […]

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How Much Does Getting Into an Elite College Actually Matter?

ImageThe University of Southern California was one of the colleges that became enmeshed in the recent bribery scandal. CreditFrederic J. Brown/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Was it worth it? The celebrities and C.E.O.s arrested in this week’s college bribery scandal were charged with paying up to $1.2 million for guaranteed admission to elite universities. And […]

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Bribes and Big-Time Sports: U.S.C. Finds Itself, Once Again, Facing Scandal

LOS ANGELES — On the palm-tree-lined campus of the University of Southern California this week, a tour guide proudly pointed out to prospective students the university’s six Heisman football trophies and award-winning faculty, testaments to the stellar reputation the school has fought hard to build. What the guide didn’t mention was that U.S.C. had emerged […]

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‘Do Your Children a Favor: Develop Some Real Values’

Gross class privilege, the repression of meritocracy and the hypocrisy of supporting affirmative action are just a few of the concerns raised by Opinion readers since Tuesday’s college admissions scandal broke. We received more than 4,000 comments on our coverage, which included Frank Bruni’s column, “Bribes to Get Into Yale and Stanford? What Else Is […]

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The College Bribery Scandal and the Uberization of Graft

“There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy,” said Andrew Lelling, the United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts, announcing charges in a sprawling scheme in which dozens of rich parents are accused of bribing their kids’ way into prestigious American colleges. “And I’ll add there will not be a separate […]

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Fallout From College Admissions Scandal: Arrests, Damage Control and a Scramble for Answers

BOSTON — The morning after 50 people were charged in a sweeping college admissions fraud investigation, the fallout was just beginning. Colleges where coaches were accused of taking bribes were reeling. Wealthy and well-known parents charged in the case were preparing to surrender to authorities or were free on bail. And companies were distancing themselves […]

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Loose Ends: How to Save for College Bribery

Get Started A 529 savings plan offers a tax-sheltered investment vehicle with compound interest to help offset the cost of higher education. But that’s just an excuse for timid parents lacking the guts to navigate the lawless wasteland of the college application process. Are you and your spouse rule-followers or do-or-die helicopter parents? How bad […]

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Here’s How the F.B.I. Says Parents Cheated to Get Their Kids Into Elite Colleges

The scheme was as brazen as it was elaborate: Dozens of wealthy parents, according to court documents filed Tuesday, paid millions of dollars in bribes to secure the admission of their children into elite universities. Test scores were inflated, essays were falsified and photographs were doctored, all in an illicit effort to gain entry to […]

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Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin: How College Admission Scandal Ensnared Stars

A year ago, the feel-good Hollywood couple Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy made a $15,000 donation to the Key Worldwide Foundation. A bookkeeper for the charity wrote back saying that the money would help “provide educational and self-enrichment programs to disadvantaged youth.” But the foundation, prosecutors said on Tuesday, was little more than a […]

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Who’s Been Charged in the College Admissions Cheating Scandal? Here’s the Full List

In what the Justice Department called its largest ever college admissions prosecution, federal authorities charged 50 people on Tuesday with taking part in a nationwide scheme to game the admissions process at highly competitive schools like Yale and the University of Southern California. [Read more on the Justice Department’s largest ever college admissions prosecution.] Those […]

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Former Nassau County Leader Found Guilty of Corruption Charges

A “job” as a food taster as a restaurant that paid $100,000 a year. The gift of a $7,000 watch. Free meals and subsidized tropical vacations. Thousands of dollars worth of limousine rides. The fall of one of the latest elected officials in Nassau County’s legendary postwar suburban political machine was paved with freebies, no-show […]

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