Chinese parents paid $6.5 million to get daughter into Stanford University

A billionaire pharmaceutical executive in China reportedly paid $6.5 million to a California man to get his daughter into Stanford University. The Los Angeles Times broke the story. Stanford acknowledged receiving $770,000 from William “Rick” Singer (pictured) on behalf of three students. Two of the students didn’t enroll at Stanford. A third student was admitted to the school as a recruit on Stanford’s sailing team, despite not having experience as a crew member.

Yusi Zhao, who lives in Beijing, was expelled from Stanford after the federal government indicted 50 people in the college admissions cheating scandal in March.

Stanford did not say whether Zhao was the student whose father paid $6.5 million to Singer to get her into the school as a member of Stanford’s sailing team.

Stanford said last month it had expelled a student who had submitted false information in her admission application.

E.J. Miranda, a spokesman for the university, stressed that the school did not receive $6.5 million from Singer, and that Singer only “donated” $770,000 to Stanford’s sailing program.

Stanford later clarified that it didn’t know if the $770,000 was part of the $6.5 million payment that Singer allegedly received.

Singer plead guilty to bribery, racketeering and rigging students’ college entrance exams.

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The school’s former sailing coach, John Vandemoer (pictured), has pleaded guilty to racketeering and admitted accepting cash from Singer. He faces 2-8 years in federal prison when sentenced.

Stanford admitted receiving the $770,000 from Singer’s bogus foundation that he created to distribute funds to college admissions employees and coaches at 12 Ivy League schools in the U.S., including Stanford.

The $6.5 million payment is believed to be the largest single payment to Singer for his “side door” college admissions services. 33 other wealthy parents are charged with paying Singer $15,000 to $1.2 million to get their underachieving children into the country’s top schools.

The parents of Sherry Guo reportedly paid $1.2 million for Singer’s help getting their daughter into Yale. They denied any wrongdoing and have not been charged.

Zhao and her parents have not been accused in the scandal, according to the L.A. Times.

It is believed Zhao’s parents met Singer through the manager of a Los Angeles branch of investment bank Morgan Stanley that handles ultra high-net-worth individuals (UHNWI) whose assets, including stocks and bonds, exceed $30 million.

Sources familiar with the manager tells the Times she often brought Singer into the office, and encouraged her financial advisors to offer Singer’s college consulting services to their wealthy clients who had children headed to college.

A spokesman for Morgan Stanley declined to comment on the Times’ story.

Fourteen parents have already plead guilty, including actress Felicity Huffman (pictured) who accepted a plea deal in exchange for less than 6 months in federal prison.

Actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli formally plead not guilty in a Boston federal court on Monday. They are accused of paying Singer $500,000 to get their daughters, Olivia Jade, 19, and Bella, 20, into the University of Southern California. Both girls have since dropped out of USC.

The 54-year-old actress told friends she believes her only chance to avoid prison is to go to trial. Loughlin and Giannulli face charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. They face a maximum of 20 years in prison on each charge and a fine of $250,000.

Prosecutors for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Boston said they soon expect to charge more people in the scandal.

According to the L.A. Times, an untold number of families in the Bay Area have been informed that they are targets of an investigation and they should expect to be charged soon.

Photos by Scott Eisen/Getty Images, Paul Marotta/Getty Images

  • Topic Influencer

    You are Asian. Why yall have to pay anyways? Aint yall naturally smart? *sterotype* https://media3.giphy.com/media/3otPoBhA3CCz07v8Uo/giphy.gif

  • Coy little wink

    Was just about to say…

  • Coy little wink

    I need to help these folks…they don’t know what to do with all that dough…

    500K they can adopt me and brag on my credentials…

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Exactly…those Ivy League schools be throwing money at Asians to attend their school its a whole yellow tide when you walk past the Ivy in Philly…Chile…

  • Rere

    Damn, they could have just sent her to a community college and save the money and stress, she probably won’t even work the field that she is studying…

  • CardiB’sAbs

    Not surprised. Keep your eye on the Chinese and Russians Nationals.

  • Bdot

    We see y’all now, Asians.

  • Yoni7

    Not that I care, but I heard the girl’s weren’t allowed to drop out because of the case, or some lie. https://media0.giphy.com/media/Wa7lDUs17026Q/giphy.gif

  • Soda

    Why is Felicity holding that man’s hand?

  • PhillyFacts

    I wonder if Trump paid UOP for his daughter to attend ???

  • Coy little wink

    Cause he’s her cute attorney?

  • Yoni7

    Why both women clothes look like they just dug them out of the hamper? Are they TRYING to appear “poor”?

  • Coy little wink

    “Unprivileged” is the look I think they were shooting for

  • Marlika

    I do not understand why these parents are paying hundreds to millions of dollars to get their dumb ass kid into an IVY league, when the kid obviously won’t be smart enough to even keep up the grades to even stay in the school. Unless they found a way to pay professors money to pass the kid.

    Waste of money! Should’ve just got their stupid kids a tutor instead of an unlimited credit cards.??????

  • GAPeach

    And Lori’s husband is a designer. Those pants are so ill-fitted.

  • Tinytoon

    Obviously this Asian chick wasn’t naturally smart. He didn’t want his reputation tarnished. Should have ask to name a building in his honor, or dorm. Isn’t that the legit way?????

  • Phillybruh

    And to think they were looking for Affirmative Action abuses when they uncovered all this…6.5 million though my kids would have just gone to community….lol

  • Topic Influencer

    I hope so and I hope it comes out

  • Phillybruh

    They were balling on crazy rich Asians….lol

  • Topic Influencer

    Yep. My 14 yo daughter is an honor roll student and she reports dont let these Asian and red dot kids fool you. Said some are not nearly as smart as folks think

  • tia

    Before my cousin graduated from University of Houston she was a grad assistant. When it came to cheating, she said the Chinese students were the worst. She mentioned that they would go thru extreme measures to do so too. What Flava Flav used to day, “don’t believe the hype.”

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    I have absolutely no empathy for Aunt Jess, or Felicity!! or anyone else going to prison behind this. In fact if they don’t go to prison the Government will once again prove PRIVILEGE. A woman was sentenced and is currently serving 10+ years for falsifying her address so that her son could attend school in a better school district than where she could afford to live…if they go free…she needs to be free too.

  • tia

    back in the day when my cousin was a grad assistant, she said this particular group were the worst and most notorious for cheating.

  • Fire & Ice

    How dumb and lazy are these damn kids….seriously?!?!?

  • Alextra Ballard

    Shiiiidt he should have given that 6.5 million dollars to his dawta and she could have skip college periodT.

  • goat

    Been saying that most of these college programs are rackets. I want my got damn money back..lol

  • Shamwow

    It’s the networking that they need. People don’t like to interview or take chances on people. They rather hire their drinking buddy from their alma mater. He took advantage of those rich Asians. So desperate to appear smart, that you paid way more than the not as rich white person. Smh fools with money.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    a director at a school made a similar statement about Chinese students to incoming Chinese students. She was harshly reprimanded and put in proverbial time out. Which constituted in stay in your office and we’ll call you when we need you.

  • Alextra Ballard

    Maaan I want them to throw the book,the end tables,the babies crib,the lamp and the kitchen sink at Loughlin smug asz.

  • Soda

    At least Felicity is admitting to what she did. That other one is demanding to see what proof they have and says she will admit wrongdoing only to protect her daughters from having to testify. The audacity.

  • tintin

    asian money is no joke. 6.5 million really!!
    their kid is as dumb as rocks if that’s what they had to pay.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    Facts! the networking for these kids begin as early as pre-k. That’s why it’s important to them what pre-k they get into and they’re willing to pay top dollar. In the meantime over in the hood, Shamanic Jackson is just hoping her child’s pre-school is clean, they feeding her child and doing more with her child than watching her child nap for 8 hours

  • tintin

    because Asians aren’t smart , they’re usually just good at memorizing. They can memorize a book word for word from front to back. I seen this for myself when i was in school with them, they were like damn robots.

  • Soda

    Ask Dr Dre.

  • MsPam

    Rich Singer received millions of dollars but looks like the man standing outside asking for money.

  • Pamela

    Is the rain wet? That fool sure paid for that skank to be accepted at that University.

  • Dontgetdraggedhoe??

    These the bihs who love lording their degrees over you meanwhile daddy paid or mama paid or you sucked to get into the school some of us bled to get in. Fck all these ppl

  • ALLMINE?

    These cultures value education. Just like we value thuggery and dysfunction.

  • Pamela

    “Shamanica Jackson”. You ain’t right. ??????????

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Allegedly….I cant say what I heard…I know the WH administration threatened people at Penn’s student records office not to release any of his or his children’s transcripts (which is understandable due to FERPA regulations) but I wouldn’t be surprised…Chile…

  • hottlanta

    Why was l reading this morning a all black n all white school combined 2 make one school. Black girl got hella gpa of 4 41 white boy got 4.31 gpa. They shaved off black girl gpa n called them quality points bcas she went 2 a black school b4 both schools combined. Now he is over her. She is suing. Good for her.

  • the guest

    Why does this scandal hurt my stomach and make want to cry?

    There are so many college options, why would wealthy parents buy their children’s admission? Why? When these days there are receptionists, boutique managers, bookstore and coffee shop workers with Ivy League degrees. The prestige is really not what it used to be.

    Poor Felicity Huffman, god bless her humility.

    Lori Loughlin and her husband are going to prison. They didn’t learn from the financial scams of Theresa and Joe Guidice? The whole college admissions scandal is surreal.

  • the guest

    That’s white folks. Wealthy but dress in plain and ragged Land’s End and tore up and run over GAP boat shoes.

  • the guest

    For real.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I agree…I’ve dealt with a few cheating Asian students and when I tell you we have to “watch” them closely afterwards because the rate of suicide is higher for them at the graduate level…Ive heard some stories about the undergrad too…a student jumped in front of a train last year because she got caught cheating…some of them are on visa’s and have to have a certain amount of courses to stay in the U.S….if they are caught cheating their courses are withdrawn and they are kicked out which leads them to going home and being humiliated by their parents and community…

  • Phillybruh

    They don’t really value education, they value the prestige that comes with saying my kid goes to Penn or wherever, has nothing to do with education.

  • the guest

    Seriously? There was a time where everyone used the bougie relatives address for the kids to go to the better district school. These days everyone would be going to jail. I don’t think this is the same level of wrong as the college admissions scandal.

  • the guest

    Well they did find some Affirmative Action abuses because the crook behind the scandal was labeling some of these wealthy white kids as black on the applications. That is demented.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Rich white people behaving badly. ?

  • hottlanta

    She is only admitting bcas she got caught.

  • hottlanta

    Yep someone said that last month how bad it was. Sistah was going in.

  • sunni_daze

    6.5M? 6.5M? These kids must be dumb as a bag of bricks.

  • PLEASEDontTellMe

    tell that to the prosecutor’s office because i agree with you. The fact remains this woman of color is currently serving a prison sentence for using a co-worker’s family member’s address.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. A lot of black folks have a tendency to “wear their wealth”, but a I’ve known quite a few rich white people who dress like they make $25-30K per yr.

  • Soda

    You always manage to find a way to put black people down, even when we aren’t a part of the story. You are pathetic.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Yup. Living vicariously through their kids. I used to work with a guy whose daughter was in a top medical school… and it seems like in almost every conversation he’d find a way to remind folks that his daughter was in a top medical school. ? #smh #niggastop

  • Logan Roberts

    6.5M??? Daddy could’ve built a whole new school for that amount.

  • Society has changed

    Higher the fee, dumber the kid! He could’ve gave his kid the 6.5 and said have a good life, spend wisely! ??

  • Soda

    If I remember correctly, there were about 20 kids in India with failed test scores who committed suicide last month. Turns out the grading system was faulty.

  • Anji

    I completed in math tournaments at USC with Asians. Whites never made the cut. My coach was Chinese. Their study ethics are on point while I enjoyed life to the fullest. Family honor meant everything. I developed new way to solve calculus equations and won the prizes but they were pictured in newspaper reports. They hated getting beat by Compton’s district. I hated their pics with celebrity presenters. At every level of academia I have found them worthy opponents not due to intelligence but diligence and unbelievable pressure by their parents.

  • Bashi22

    Everyone thinks Chinese are smarts lol ? Uranus in Taurus ?? is revealing everyone under the sun ?? corruption will be exposed from high government to lowe government.

  • EMILY POST

    6.5 million Wow … Oh wells if they got it to spend and they want to spend it on their kids education. In America everything has a price… Why is everyone acting so shocked.

  • Fire & Ice

    Fa real ???

  • Guest

    Me too.

  • Guest

    Zoning Laws is the way they keep segregation alive.. NYC is the capitol of that practice.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    I agree 1000%

  • Chaseboogie The Prince

    For that kind of money they could have paid for a fake degree. Had the fake paperwork to match. Had fake grades from fake teachers. Someone would be able to go into the computer and find records of the child attending class, because my hacker would have been very successful all for the low price of 500gs. But since you are giving out millions we will save you even more and only charge you a smooth 100 milli. Your child would have never been caught.

  • AndSo

    Asians are under extraordinary pressure in their culture. If they don’t make the grades they are considered worthless and feel better off dead. I once had an East Asian tell me that in his culture, if you aren’t a doctor or a lawyer or a very successful IT engineer, you might as well not exist.

  • AndSo

    I know of people who had a hispanic grandmother and they checked off the hispanic box and it worked. Affirmative Action abuses are plentiful. They say that in Texas and California, 50% of the applicants are claiming affirmative action preference. In my eyes, Affirmative Action should be based on economic standing and not race. Wealthy hispanics who grew up in the USA should not qualify. Not to mention, Asians are even more of a minority group and they don’t get any preference at all. IN fact, they are LESS likely to be admitted because so many of them have high GPAs.

  • Coco

    Who is “we”? I know it’s not black women.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    dumber the kid, dumber the parent.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    not to mention all the bribing, sucking & lying that was done to actually graduate after scamming past admissions. And then all the bribing, sucking, lying to get a job with that scammed degree/psuedo-education

  • hottlanta

    Keep telling people that all of those schools that have high ratings r fixed. You aint gonna tell me u got a whole school system no one is failing n there r no fights or drugs. All of those kids r angels. The people who rate those school went 2 those a schools or they personally know someone 2 keep them on top of the list of high acheiving schools every year. It is all a sham.

  • Goodii2Shoes

    I’ve met some (asians, primarily the females that chinese typically would have aborted but instead cursed the USA to birthing them hoes) who apparently scammed their way into “good jobs” like State/County prosecutor– dumber than rocks. At least rocks know to stay low & quiet lol

  • Goodii2Shoes

    millions & millions & millions of dollars dumb/lazy; like their scheming parents :)

  • Bonita

    My bestie’s brother just left the high school he was teaching at in Mississippi for another school, due to his disgust at the Administrators going in and changing students grades at the direction of the Principal, because the schools have such low performance. I just spoke with a former teacher here in Chicago who left CPS due to the same thing. There’s corruption going on at all levels of the education system.

  • Wreckognize Game

    These are probably the type of people who will pay all this money to get their kids in school to be educated because they won’t leave them any money in their will.

  • Well$$Well$$?

    6.5 million dollars to go to college.? For that price my kid better get into Hogwarts or something….

  • Gowns. Beautiful Gowns

    they paid more than the tuition
    wow

  • Trace da Ace

    LOCK THE PARENTS UP…..KICK THE KIDS OUTTA COLLEGE…THE END.

  • Fire & Ice

    ???

  • KLove

    I wonder if any politician’s names are on the list

  • ALLMINE?

    Yea ok.. who is it then? Who’s raising black kids?

  • ALLMINE?

    Oops. ? cry me a river

  • ALLMINE?

    Same sh*t.

  • Renee26

    Yes! Expose and prosecute all of their entitled asses and kick their slacker brats to the curb!!

    I have to pay out of pocket for half of my son’s tuition cause they claim he doesn’t qualify for work study… cause they’re counting my pockets without checking my living expenses. He was smart enough to get scholarships to pay the other half… Thank heavens!

  • Renee26

    They better watch their backs… They will all go to jail like those GA teachers a few years back. It was sad to see them all go down

  • monique

    $6.5 million, $1 million, why not just give that to thw child and/or open an business for them.

  • Renee Bee

    I believe that’s her brother.

  • Prettybrowneyes

    ???

  • SoulfulLove

    They should be required to pay off student loan debts with the amount they used to bribe their kids way into school. You can pay mine off via CashApp

  • 2gr8ful

    I know many and they drive simple cars like minivans and bring sandwiches in a brown paper bag for lunch and wear the same outfits over and over again. Very low key….

  • Soda

    Okay, I now see their faces are similar.

  • Soda

    Cry your own river then jump in. ?

  • ALLMINE?

    ??

  • Rodmilla De Ghent

    Mind ya’l this is separate from the ones that also paid millions for their child to go to Yale. Jesus is at work debunking the myth of superior intelligence.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    This is how the wealthy get down, not surprised! It’s huge and it’s sad that the wealthiest won’t be charged and indicted!

    The schools were complicit, but will slide through this scandal!

    I’m not mad because I didn’t it think it went any other way, nepotism and thievery is the American way!

    California (among other states) was taken from the Aztec Indians and Mexico, the structure still intact, looking like Mexico!

    But, Dear White Americans and Blacks talk that “bootstrap” bs and how bad “social entitlements” are for the disproportionately poor in our 1 percent wealth-holding world!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    It’s beautiful that your son is on this trajectory!

    But, wrong how they don’t let kids claim “independent student” status, must use parents’ earnings!

    A lot of parents’ expenses prohibit them from paying, so many end up dropping out trying to work, or sit out a semester, and don’t make it back!

    Your son is so fortunate, and I’m sure he’s knows it!

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    True but the parents most likely knows that their dumb lazy a$$ kid would blow that on a 6.5 million dollar jet

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    WOW but surprised! She better get em??

  • TheOwley

    This has been going on forever. All of a sudden they are cracking down. It took them long enough. The sentences are ridiculous though. Rapists and child killers get less.

  • Bonita

    Oh yeah, I forgot about that!

  • Renee26

    It’s messed up… They need to change the rules. I don’t make a lot of money so I just knew we’d qualify for something else but nope. I was one who had to drop out my first attempt because my parents couldn’t pay. Then I got pregnant at 21 and went back to get my degrees.

  • Rhyme and Reason

    See, you know first hand!

    I feel our so-called social activists and social service organizations, don’t invest in kids, parents and families who are doing the right things, but still need help!

    Those who work, but struggle, while paying the bulk of the taxes!

    Good for you, nothing stopped you, many others weren’t as fortunate!

  • Jussjess25

    Oh Yall thought white people stole, cheated, lied and killed to get ahead. Think again.. they actually have nothing on asians.. all oriental persons. This is white supremacy yall nothing will happen to any of these people.y’all remember them black folks that changed the grades of the students in atlanta so they could keep their jobs.. oh they all went to prison hard time. And you know the group of people that you’ve never heard of doing this type of thing.. black folks. Smh this system makes me sick af

  • Panther Charleston

    It just dawned on me. These people aren’t paying their kid’s way into these colleges for the kid’s sake, they’re doing it for themselves. Now, it all makes sense.

  • Panther Charleston

    Upvote ×1000

  • Dowoop

    I have yet to hear about them expelling any of the white students.

  • Dowoop

    At least one of those things must hit her.

  • Jussjess25

    They have but they wont be telling us about it. One of the asian students was. Her dad paid 6.5 million to get her in the school.

  • Ronnie

    If they had to pay to get her into Sanford, I wouldn’t it have been better to use that money and set her up in a business?

  • Dowoop

    Asian is not white.

  • Lovely517

    6 million? Next time ima need you to just buy the school for all that. Better yet, start your own university.

  • Jussjess25

    Same difference Dowoop. But it dam sure ain’t black.

  • E Ethel Ballys

    An Asian in the top 20% of applicants will get accepted only 5% of the time. For blacks it’s 50%. There is heavy discrimination against Asians.