/‘It Was Like He Had the Magic Elixir’: How a Consulting Business Spawned the College Cheating Scandal

‘It Was Like He Had the Magic Elixir’: How a Consulting Business Spawned the College Cheating Scandal

Early last year, a money-management firm welcomed wealthy clients to the top floor of a Seattle skyscraper for an exclusive presentation titled “Raising a Balanced Child in an Affluent Environment.” It featured a dynamic college-counseling coach, who bounded across the stage in a zip-up track suit.

The speaker was William “Rick” Singer, the self-proclaimed higher-education guru federal authorities now call the mastermind of the largest college-admissions scam they have ever seen.