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Parents in College Scandal Say Cash Was a Gift, Not a Bribe (2)

June 3, 2019, 8:15 PMUpdated: June 3, 2019, 9:40 PM

Some of the 19 parents indicted in the largest college-admissions scandal in U.S. history may try to fight the charges by arguing they were duped by the scam’s ringleader about where their money was going.

Defense attorneys for the parents told a federal judge in Boston on Monday that they need more access to investigators’ reports they say show William “Rick” Singer assured parents who weren’t charged that their payments weren’t bribes but would go to college athletic programs. Singer has admitted to bribing school officials and arranging for bogus test results.

“The government may have had conversations with other...

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