How college admissions scandal mastermind bribed coaches for his scheme


The college prep adviser behind a nationwide admissions scandal allegedly helped a dad bribe his 5-foot-5 son into the University of Southern California — as a basketball recruit.

Californian Toby MacFarlane was allegedly one of many parents who paid William Singer to get his kids into the college by bribing corrupt coaches to fast-track their admission as athletes — even though they never played for the school.

Singer in 2016 directed the college’s former assistant soccer coach, Laura Janke, to create a bogus profile for MacFarlane’s son, saying he was 6-foot-1 and had been playing on his high school’s varsity basketball team since 2014, prosecutors allege.

In fact, the teen only made varsity in his senior year — and a personal statement drafted by Singer, but ultimately never sent, said he was actually 5-foot-5, according to court documents.

The boy was accepted as a basketball recruit and attended the school briefly before withdrawing in May 2018 — but never played basketball.

Singer had earlier got MacFarlane’s daughter into the college as a soccer recruit, falsely claiming she was a “US Club Soccer All American” in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades, court documents allege.

When a USC athletics academic counselor emailed her about her schedule, asking her to change her Friday classes because she would be busy with “travel or games,” Singer allegedly told the dad that he should tell the coaches his daughter has an injury and “will not be practicing or playing for a while.”