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Overview of the Celebrities Involved in the Biggest College Admissions Scam in American History

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More than 30 wealthy, well-connected, and/or famous parents were charged in the biggest college admissions scam in American history. The list of defendants is resplendent with celebrities and moguls in the entertainment industry, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

According to court filings, these individuals were alleged to have paid massive bribes, ranging from $100,000 to $6.5 million, to get their children admitted to prestigious academic institutions such as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, USC, etc.

Celebrities Ordered to Serve Time in Jail

The aforementioned actress Felicity Huffman, famous for her role on the television program “Desperate Housewives”, was ordered to serve 14 days in prison, one year of probation, perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine as part of her criminal sentence, which was handed down in federal court. Huffman pled guilty to paying $15,000 to have her eldest daughter’s SAT score falsified so she could get into a prestigious university. Huffman reportedly masked the $15,000 as a charitable donation for disadvantaged young people, according to Insider.com.

Additional Charges Filed Against Celebrities Fighting the Allegations

It appears prosecutors offered lenient sentences to the parents who agreed to enter guilty pleas in this matter. The parents who are fighting the criminal charges, which include actress Lori Loughlin, famous for her role on “Full House” and “Fuller House,” are facing harsher penalties and additional criminal charges, including conspiracy to commit federal program bribery. If convicted on all of the charges filed, Loughlin could potentially be ordered to serve up to 40 years in prison.

Scope of the Scam

Federal law enforcement officials, when they learned of these bribes opened an investigation titled “Operation Varsity Blues,” a reference to the popular 1999 film about a high school football team in Texas. The investigation, which lasted a year, included an array of different investigative techniques, including the use of wiretaps, undercover operatives and a team of agents employed by the FBI and IRS.

Investigators detailed a scandal that perverted much of the admissions process for America’s elite colleges. Unlike most other SAT cheating cases, the scheme reached deep into the academy, implicating officials who allegedly subverted the missions of the universities themselves.

The government stated it has evidence that defendants paid close to $25 million in bribes to coaches and test administrators between 2011 and 2018. In some instances, the bribes would be disguised as charitable contributions, according to Bloomberg News.

According to federal prosecutors, the admissions scam had two major components – (1) bribing coaches to recommend admission for students whose academic performance was below average for a university and (2) bribing college exam proctors to help students cheat on admissions tests by allowing professional test-takers attend the exam or provide students the answers to the exam.

Bribery Charges are No Joke

As you can see, being charged with alleged bribery is quite serious. Whether you reside in California, New York, or Nevada, a conviction for bribery could result in you having to serve years in prison. For example, bribery is categorized as a Category C felony in Nevada . If convicted, a defendant can be ordered to serve between 1 and 5 years in a Nevada prison and have to pay up to $10,000 in fines. In addition to state bribery charges, there are also federal bribery charges that can be filed under United States Code § 201, among other federal criminal statutes.

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Body of missing ISU student, Jelani Day, pulled out of river

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A body pulled out of a river has been positively identified as missing Illinois State University grad student Jelani “JJ” Day.

Police believe Jelani jumped from the Route 251 Bridge in Peru, not far from where his Chrysler 300 was found abandoned in a wooded area.

The body was discovered floating near the south bank of the Illinois River on Sept. 4, according to authorities.

On Friday, Sept. 17, the medical examiner confirmed Jelani’s identity using dental records and DNA tests.

Jelani, a 25-year-old graduate student studying to be a speech pathologist, was reported missing on August 24. His family last heard from him on the evening of Monday, August 23.

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Security footage showed Jelani wearing a black Jimi Hendrix Band T-shirt outside a cannabis store in Bloomington around 9:12 a.m. on August 24.

The clothing Jelani wore outside the cannabis store were found neatly folded in his car.

Police do not suspect foul play in Jelani’s death.

The suicide rate among Black males has soared 90% since the Covid-19 lockdowns in 2020.

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King Von’s Accused Killer Lul Timm Arrested In Georgia

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An aspiring rapper who was charged with the murder of Chicago rapper King Von in Atlanta last year was arrested again in Chatham County on Wednesday.

According to the Chatham County Jail website, police threw the book at Lul Timm, real name Timothy Leeks, 23.

He is charged with speeding, fleeing or intending to elude police, failure to stop, improper left turn, following too closely, driving on the wrong side of the road, and other moving violations.

He was booked into the Chatham County Jail and is awaiting a bond hearing today.

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Leeks, an affiliate of aspiring rapper Quando Rondo, was charged last November with the fatal shooting of rapper King Von (pictured).

Leeks is awaiting trial on the murder charge.

In the meantime, he flashes cash on Instagram and books studio sessions in the hopes of jump starting his fledgling rap career.

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Biden Orders Dishonorable Discharge for 46% of Troops Who Refuse Vaccine

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The Biden administration is seeking dishonorable discharges for 46% of troops who refuse to get the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.

The Pentagon mandated vaccines for all U.S. service members (1.3 million) last month.

However, a reported 600,000 service members have declined to roll up their sleeves for the mRNA vaccines.

The White House issued a statement saying a proposed GOP NDAA bill preventing dishonorable discharges would “detract from readiness and limit a commander’s options for enforcing good order and discipline when a Service member fails to obey a lawful order to receive a vaccination.”

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The statement said dishonorable discharges are necessary “To enable a uniformed force to fight with discipline, commanders must have the ability to give orders and take appropriate disciplinary measures.”

GOP Representative Mark Green of Tennessee said he was “appalled” at the Biden administration for suggesting dishonorable discharges for service members who refuse the shots.

“No American who raises their hand to serve our Nation should be punished for making a highly personal medical decision,” Green said.

Lieutenant Col Paul Douglas Hague resigned and forfeited his pension after 19 years of service because he “refuses President Biden’s ‘unethical, immoral and tyrannical’ vaccine mandate.”

“I cannot and will not contribute to the fall of this great nation and its people,” the father of seven wrote.

The House is expected to vote on the GOP’s NDAA bill, preventing dishonorable discharges, on Thursday morning.

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Fugees made fans wait for three hours at first reunion concert in 16 years (Video)

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Fans of The Fugees had to wait over three hours for the group to take the stage at their first reunion concert on Wednesday, September 22.

The iconic trio’s first pop-up reunion show, ahead of a world tour, went down at the Roof at Pier 17, with more than 3,500 devotees in attendance, Variety reports

Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Pras Michel were backed by a large band, including 13 horns and three background singers for their seven-song set.

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“We’re still cooking it,” Lauryn Hill told the impatient crowd.

Meanwhile, Wyclef addressed the Haitian immigration crisis at the Texas-Mexico border and he challenged U.S. Pres. Joe Biden to fix the problem during the set.

Among the songs the group performed were “The Score”, “Fu-Gee-La”, and their signature cover of “Killing Me Softly.”

Wyclef closed the show with Bob Marley‘s “No Woman, No Cry”, with Lauryn – the ex-partner of Marley’s son Rohan Marley – backing him on harmony.

The band’s reunion tour, “Diaspora Calling,” kicks off in Chicago, Illinois on November 2, 2021, and concludes in Ghana on December 18.
 

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Celeb Style: Lori Harvey Out & About

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Lori Harvey and her bestie Justine Skye enjoyed a ladies’ night out in West Hollywood, California.

The two fashionable ladies reportedly dined for 3 hours chatting and laughing throughout the night before exiting and hopping in a Lamborghini truck.

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Lori wore a velvet orange cutout crop top that retails for $112 from London-based label Loudbrandstudios.

Lori paired the crop top with tailored Remain trousers, Louis Vuitton’s Sac Plat monogram bag, thick, gold hoops, and square-toe Bottega Veneta stretch sandals (retail $890).

What do you think of Lori’s personal style? Check out more looks from Lori below and in the gallery!

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Rihanna enjoys ‘incense and weed’ on sexy nights in bed with A$AP Rocky

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Rihanna has revealed her ideal romantic night in bed with Metrosexual boyfriend A$AP Rocky.

The 33-year-old beauty mogul and semi-retired singer opened up about her relationship with the 32-year-old rapper.

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Asked what turns her on, Rihanna told E! News‘ Daily Pop: “I like incense, weed, cologne and a little bit of hard work.”

The “Diamond” singer admitted she struggled on lockdown during the pandemic while alone with her thoughts.

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She said the Covid lockdown was “tough” on her mentally because she wasn’t used to being alone. “It was tough. Tough for everyone — mentally, especially. The world wasn’t making sense.”

She told Vogue magazine:

“I was able to be still for a long time. Inspiration finally came when I remembered the little things that I love to do, the simple things that make me happy: grocery shopping, taking walks, going on bike rides, cooking.

“Those little things that I’m trying to incorporate into my lifestyle now that the outside is opening up again and we’re about to get right back into what things used to look like. I’m trying to make sure that I still keep those things in my life.”

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When it comes to her own self-confidence, Rihanna said:

“I make a point to be present, I look at what’s around me, who is around me.

“And then I’m just grateful for those things; grateful for the moment. I think about how far I’ve come. And how much worse it could be — I could have missed all of this.”

However, there are still days when she doesn’t feel so confident, and she has a tip for those days.

“Pretend. Just pretend, girl. You have your days where you do and your days where you don’t, but push through, just be sure. You belong here, you’re sexy. Own your sh*t.”

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Teyana Taylor Announces Dates for ‘Last Rose Petal’ Farewell Tour

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Teyana Taylor is bidding farewell to her fans with a final tour.

The 30-year-old singer announced the dates for her upcoming 12-city “Last Rose Petal Tour” on Instagram Wednesday.

The Last Rose Petal Tour kicks off in San Francisco on November 7, and concludes on November 30 in Atlanta, Ga.

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The mom-of-two said she was “lucky” to be able to retire at a young age.

“How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. However for every goodbye God makes the next hello closer. Come out and watch me, leave it all out on the stage… One last time… Just for you & as my last rose petal falls, I say farewell…”

Her last sentence left some fans confused. Teyana reportedly underwent a double mastectomy after discovering lumps in her breasts in Miami earlier this year.

Due to her family history of cancer she decided not to take any chances.

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Teyana and her husband, NBA star Iman Shumpert share two daughters named Iman Tayla and Rue.
 

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Cleanup organizer describes Third World conditions at migrant camp in Texas; Thousands of pounds of garbage hauled away

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A cleanup organizer described the third world conditions that exist at the Haitian immigrant encampment under the Del Rio international bridge.

John Rourke, who organizes cleanups around the world, appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show on Wednesday.

Rourke said he was disturbed by the unsanitary conditions where thousands of Haitians live in squalor under the bridge.

He said his organization picked up thousands of pounds of garbage from under the bridge.

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Rourke described Haitians using sticks and branches to build makeshift lean-to shelters under trees near the bridge. The migrants were forced to move because the mounds of smelly garbage attracted flies, coyotes, roaches, and red ants.

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“Let me tell you what I saw,” Rourke told Tucker.

“I saw people washing babies in the Rio Grande.

“I saw ladies breastfeeding babies, sleeping in dirt, 107 degrees outside, red ants everywhere, real coyotes – the ones that have four legs walking around.

“People are literally knocking down trees and setting up lean-tos and teepees and sleeping under those.”

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Over 15,000 Haitians made the perilous journey from South America and Mexico after messages on What’s app told them U.S. Pres. Joe Biden would treat them kindly and give them jobs.

On the last leg of the trip – crossing the Rio Grande in knee-deep water – they were met by Border Patrol agents who herded them back into the murky water.

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Viral photos and videos of Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing frightened Haitian people sparked outrage around the world.

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After nearly a week of silence on the issue, Congresswoman Maxine Waters stepped in front of cameras on Wednesday to rail against the Biden administration.

Using strong language, Waters said “I’m pissed!”. She called out the Biden administration for “taking us back to slavery days.”

“I’m unhappy, and I’m not just unhappy with the cowboys who were running down Haitians and using their reins to whip them — I’m [unhappy] with the [Biden] administration.

“We are following the Trump policy. He is the one that does not follow the Constitution and would not allow those seeking refuge to be able to petition to get into the country.

What the HELL are we doing here?”

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Waters addressed Pres. Joe Biden directly.

“We’re saying to the president and everybody else: you’ve got to stop this madness!”

She concluded by urging reporters to “write the story” about the horrific treatment of Black people by the current administration.

“Write the story! Tell the story about what is going on and let people know that they’re trying to take us back to slavery days!”

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FDA Official Calls for Forced Vaccinations of Black People: ‘Like, Blow Dart. That’s Where We’re Going’

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Project Veritas released the second video of its undercover Covid-19 vaccine investigative series on Wednesday.

Part 2 exposes a U.S. Food and Drug Administration [FDA] official calling for forced vaccinations of Black people.

According to the CDC, over 70% of Black New Yorkers are unvaccinated.

Project Veritas went undercover to record FDA economist, Taylor Lee, calling for forced vaccinations of Black people and keeping a “registry” for all unvaccinated Americans.

In the video, Lee said U.S. Government policy should be similar to Nazi Germany when it comes to forcing people to take the vaccine.

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Lee said health officials should go door-to-door forcing vaccines on people who are hesitant or fearful.

“Census goes door-to-door if you don’t respond. So, we have the infrastructure to do it. I mean, it’ll cost a ton of money. But I think, at that point, I think there needs to be a registry of people who aren’t vaccinated. Although that’s sounding very [much like Nazi] Germany.”

He also suggested blowing vaccine-filled darts at Black people who don’t comply.

“I think that a lot of the time — so there’s also this issue of — I remember reading about how with Covid trials, they were having an issue recruiting African American people. It was because of a different medication the government tried to do that was specifically designed to kill African Americans.”

Veritas Journalist: “Yeah. Can’t blame [African Americans].”

Lee: “I can’t. But at the same time, like, blow dart. That’s where we’re going… Again, blow darts. It is the perfect answer.”

In Part 1 of the Covid vaccination series, an undercover nurse working for the federal government recorded an HHS doctor saying the vaccine “is full of sh-t.”

Part 1 garnered over 4 million views in less than 24 hours on YouTube.com. It was scrubbed from Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Maxine Waters Calls Out Biden Over Haitian Border Crisis: ‘I’M PISSED!’ ‘They’re trying to take us back to slavery days!’

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters slammed the Biden administration in a blistering speech about the appalling treatment of Haitian immigrants at the U.S. border.

Waters condemned Border Patrol agents “whipping” Haitian immigrants at the southern border on Saturday, September 18.

The optics of white Border Patrol agents on horseback chasing down frightened Black people sparked outrage around the world.

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After nearly a week of silence on the issue, the congresswoman stepped in front of cameras on Wednesday and railed against the Biden administration.

Using strong language, Waters said “I’m pissed!”. She called out the Biden administration for “taking us back to slavery days.”

“I’m unhappy, and I’m not just unhappy with the cowboys who were running down Haitians and using their reins to whip them — I’m [unhappy] with the [Biden] administration.

“We are following the Trump policy. He is the one that does not follow the Constitution and would not allow those seeking refuge to be able to petition to get into the country.

What the HELL are we doing here?”

She continued:

“What we witnessed takes us back hundreds of years. What we witnessed was worse than what we witnessed in slavery. Cowboys with their reins… whipping Black people – Haitians – into the water where they’re scrambling and falling down.

“All they’re trying to do is escape from violence in their country.”

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Waters addressed Pres. Joe Biden directly.

“We’re saying to the president and everybody else: you’ve got to stop this madness!”

Waters concluded by urging reporters to “write the story” about the horrific treatment of Black people by the current administration.

“Write the story! Tell the story about what is going on and let people know that they’re trying to take us back to slavery days!”

Watch the video below.
 

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