Varsity Blues Leader Rick Singer ‘Feeling Remorse’ Ahead of Sentencing
Varsity Blues mastermind Rick Singer is feeling remorseful ahead of his sentencing next week.
In 2018, the leader of the infamous college admissions scam pleaded guilty and admitted to bribing SAT and ACT proctors as well as athletic coaches.
Prosecutors would like Singer to spend six years in prison, pay $10,668,841 in restitution to the IRS and forfeit $3 million in cash as well as assets worth more than $5 million.
In contrast, Singer’s defense is advocating for three years probation. “If incarceration is deemed necessary, a six-month sentence, followed by a three-year term of supervised release that includes community service, will satisfy the purposes of sentencing,” they said.
Singer wrote in a recent court submission, “I have been reflecting on my very poor judgment and criminal activities that increasingly had become my way of life. I have woken up every day feeling shame, remorse, and regret.”
He added, “I acknowledge that I am fully responsible for my crimes.”
Prosecutors wrote in a statement, “Singer was the architect of a massive, decade-long scheme to use fraud and bribery to secure the admission of high school students to elite colleges and universities across the country.” They added, “Staggering in scope, Singer’s scheme was also breathtaking in its audacity and the levels of deception it involved.”
They emphasized, “His corruption and manipulation of others were practically limitless. Singer is far and away the most culpable of the Varsity Blues defendants — by orders of magnitude — and is therefore deserving of the longest sentence, notwithstanding his cooperation with the government’s investigation, which as discussed below, was exceptionally valuable and, at the same time, plagued by missteps,” prosecutors concluded.
Singer’s sentencing will take place on January 4, 2023.
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