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One of the key players of the college bribery scheme used by celebrities and wealthy parents to get their underachieving children into ivy league schools is a 36-year-old married man from Florida who allegedly sat tests in students' places.
Mark Riddell is one of the 48 people who were indicted on Wednesday along with stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin for either using the scheme or facilitating it.
Conspiracy - Mail - Fraud - Honest - Services
He is charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.
According to prosecutors, Riddell was paid by the 'mastermind' Rick Singer to fly to two test centers - one in Texas and the other in Los Angeles - where he had paid off test administrators and either take the SAT or ACT exam in a child's place or correct their wrong answers once they had finished.
Riddell - Test - Place - Student - Payment
Riddell typically earned $10,000 for every test he took in place of a student and payment came from Singer's fraudulent charity, The Key Foundation, according to the indictment.
The 36-year-old did not have inside information but was 'just a really smart guy' who knew how to land specific scores on tests depending on the child's ability, according to prosecutors.
Kids - Tests - Felicity - Huffman - Daughter
Among kids whose tests he helped along was Felicity Huffman's oldest daughter's, according to the indictment.
He allegedly flew to Los Angeles from Tampa in December 2017 and 'purported to proctor' Sofia while she sat the SAT.
Indictment - Test - Knowledge - Answers - Afterwards
The indictment does not specify if he helped her during the test with her knowledge or if he changed her answers afterwards.
He was not involved in Lori Loughlin's two daughters' entrance to USC.
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