graft and conflicts of interest

FILE - This March 21, 2018 file photo shows the Capitol in Washington before dawn. A Gallup poll in December 2018 asked respondents in the U.S. to rank 20 different occupations in terms of their ethical standards _ members of Congress ranked the lowest, below car salespeople and telemarketers. Nurses were at the top. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
March 15, 2019 - 1:27 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The college-admissions bribery scheme revealed this week by federal prosecutors coincides with increasing cynicism about U.S. moral values. Ethics experts say Americans are barraged with accounts of corruption, greed and amoral behavior to the point that many likely wonder, "Why...
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This combination of images shows college campuses, clockwise from top left, Georgetown University, Stanford University, Yale University, and University of California, Los Angeles. Prosecutors said dozens of parents paid bribes to alter their children’s test scores or get them into these and other colleges. The scandal underscored deep divisions on issues of class, privilege and race that are dominant themes in the political debate and part of daily discussions by regular Americans. (AP Photos)
March 14, 2019 - 11:17 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Latest on a college admissions bribery scandal that has led to charges against coaches and celebrities (all times local): 8 p.m. Georgetown University says it commented only on its former tennis coach's athletic record when asked by another school about Gordon Ernst. The...
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People walk near Memorial Church on the Stanford University campus Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Santa Clara, Calif. In the first lawsuit to come out of the college bribery scandal, several students are suing Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and other schools involved in the case, saying they and others were denied a fair shot at admission. The plaintiffs brought the class-action complaint Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in federal court in San Francisco on behalf of themselves and other applicants and asked for unspecified damages. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
March 14, 2019 - 8:37 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In one of the first lawsuits to come out of the college bribery scandal, several students are suing Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and other schools involved in the case, saying they and others were denied a fair shot at admission. The plaintiffs brought the class-action complaint...
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Texas men's tennis coach Michael Center walks with Defense lawyer Dan Cogdell away from the United States Federal Courthouse in Austin, Texas, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. Center is among a few people in the state charged in a scheme that involved wealthy parents bribing college coaches and others to gain admissions for their children at top schools, federal prosecutors said Tuesday. (Ricardo B. Brazziell
March 14, 2019 - 8:23 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Coach Gordie Ernst's Georgetown University tennis teams didn't win any Big East championships. At Wake Forest, Bill Ferguson's volleyball teams struggled near the bottom of their conference. At Stanford, John Vandemoer's sailing teams were nationally ranked but competed in a...
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Phil Mickelson gestures as he waits his turn to tee off on the 13th hole during the first round of The Players Championship golf tournament Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
March 14, 2019 - 4:56 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Phil Mickelson says he might be "more shocked than anyone" to learn that a college consulting company he has used the last three years has been accused of orchestrating a massive bribery scheme. He said he never contributed to William "Rick" Singer's foundation tied...
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In a September 2016 photo, Yale's women's Head Soccer Coach Rudy Meredith gives a high five to a player after making a great play in a scrimmage, in Frankfort, Ky. According to the federal indictments unsealed Tuesday, March 12, 2019, Meredith put a prospective student who didn’t play soccer on a school list of recruits, doctored her supporting portfolio to indicate she was a player, and later accepted $400,000 from the head of a college placement company. (Doug Engle/Star-Banner via AP)
March 14, 2019 - 12:44 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The biggest school admissions scandal ever prosecuted began with a tip from an executive investigators were targeting in a securities fraud probe, a law enforcement official said Thursday. The executive told Boston authorities chasing down the market manipulation scheme that the women...
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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. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
March 14, 2019 - 8:51 am
The mastermind of a wide-ranging college admissions scandal set up a charity that wove a deep web of deception and fraud to mask bribes and payoffs, funneling millions of dollars through the tax-exempt organization under the nose of U.S. officials, according to prosecutors and tax documents...
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Gordon Caplan of Greenwich, Conn., walks out of federal court Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in New York. Fifty people, including Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation's most selective schools. Caplan, who is co-chairman of the international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, was accused of paying $75,000 to get a test supervisor to correct the answers on his daughter's ACT exam after she took it. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
March 14, 2019 - 3:08 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Colleges and companies moved swiftly to distance themselves from employees swept up in a nationwide college admissions scheme, many of them coaches accused of taking bribes and others prominent parents accused of angling to get their children into top schools by portraying them...
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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2017 file photo, actress Lori Loughlin arrives at the 5th annual People Magazine "Ones To Watch" party in Los Angeles. The FBI says Loughlin has been taken into custody in connection with a scheme in which wealthy parents paid bribes to get their children into top colleges. FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says Loughlin was in custody Wednesday morning in Los Angeles. She is scheduled to appear in court there in the afternoon. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
March 13, 2019 - 9:55 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a college admissions bribery scandal that has led to charges against coaches and celebrities (all times local): 9:50 p.m. The University of Southern California says it will bar from admission about half a dozen student applicants connected to a firm indicted in a...
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William "Rick" Singer founder of the Edge College & Career Network, departs federal court in Boston on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, after he pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
March 13, 2019 - 7:19 pm
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — For 25 years, William "Rick" Singer was in the business of helping high school students get into some of the country's top colleges, gaining a reputation as a master salesman who got results, but also someone who came across as devious and way too slick, say some of...
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