Listen: Details emerge on "really smart guy" who aced tests in college scam
"So let's talk about operation varsity blues that is this this this cheating scandal case that has drawn a ton of attention. And I think for all the right reasons because this is a horrible thing to have happen in our society. When you've got a lot of deserving kids deserving based on merit being denied admission to some of the top universities because. Rich people coming in and trying to buy access for their kids. So you know, that the guy who ran this operation, the main guy with this operation was a character by the name of singer singer. But what's really interesting is the person who was tasked with taking the tests or grading the tests or proctoring the tests for the kids so that they could get their ACT and SAT numbers up. He's a guy by the name of Mark Redel? All right. So singer is the guy who ran the operation Mark, rebel or right? L is the college entrance exam counselor. Who is the main focus of the cheating on the tests component or the tweaking of the tests. So, you know, the consultant is William Rick singer. He pled guilty Tuesday in federal court in Boston to helping students cheat on their standardized tests, but the brains behind the operation was this guy rebel thirty six years old. He was supposed to be in court today in Boston. And he was the one actually filling in the bubbles. For the progeny of the actresses, and the lawyers the businesses the children of privilege rebel is a kind of an interesting guy because he's smart, and he had a lot of opportunity, and he kind of comes from a decent background. And why this guy would decide he wants to start cheating mean other than the obvious getting paid is beyond me, but rebel right L, rebel. We'll just say rebel has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud as well as conspiracy to commit money laundering. He's been cooperating with the investigation since February. He's actually hoping to get some leniency when all this is put debt in a statement emailed Buyoya to the Washington Post rebel apologize says he's taken full responsibility for his actions. I wanna communicate to everyone. I'm profoundly sorry for the damage. I have done and the grief I have caused those. As a result of my needless actions. I understand how my actions contributed to a loss of trust in the college admission. Nhs process. Meanwhile, as you might imagine he has been suspended indefinitely. From his job as director of college entrance exam preparation. IMG g academy a private sports academy preparatory school in Bradenton Florida that he would be suspended from that job. While this stuff is going on. He's also an alumnus of the academy this academy that he was a part of had trained hundreds of Olympic and professional athletes tuition, by the way. Seventy seven thousand dollars a year. If you live there and go to school sixty one thousand dollars a year if you just go to the school as a day student. From there. Redel the guy who has taken the test went on to Harvard University where he dazzled as an NC two A division, one tennis player and by all accounts. He really was a tennis player. He really did play tennis for Harvard. It wasn't the scam in the flimflam. He was raised in Sarasota, Florida. He was named the tennis player of the year in one thousand nine hundred ninety nine by the Herald Tribune, his hometown newspapers father is a prominent real estate lawyer in the area with degrees from Michigan state and Wayne State university of in Detroit. A woman who answered the phone at the number listed for his parents threatened to call the cops and hung up when we asked her questions. This is the Washington Post. He began his job as IMG's exam. Prep director in oh six and lives in palmetto Florida, just outside Sarasota records show. He married a college classmate and helps direct the local Harvard club of Sarasota, he has been given or he has given modest sums to local candidates. But otherwise, he's. Remains remote from high profile debates and scandals by all accounts, lives, a quality a quiet life seemingly at odds with the brazen. Acts of fraud of which he now stands accused. What should be noted? According to the Washington Post is this man rebel had no inside access at the exam companies that the parents implicated in the scheme so badly wanted to beat what he had was a Harvard degree and a good set of test taking skills. Andrew Lang the US attorney for the district of Massachusetts offered this assessment of rebels utility quote. He was just a really smart guy. He did not have inside information about the correct answers. He was just smart enough to get a near perfect score on demand or even to calibrate to score. So it didn't draw too much attention. I just need fifteen points. Get me fifteen extra points. Get me twenty extra points. That's what he was able to do. According to the indictment singer flu rebel to Houston. In different locations in California where the self-described quote master coach had bribed test administrators for their cooperation and paid the Harvard. Grad ten thousand dollars for each student whose testy either corrected or completed entirely by himself. Let me just say parenthetically. It's ten thousand dollars is nice. Nice money. How many people got busted in this in this game? Do you remember? Was like fifty. So let's say he made ten thousand. Let's say he did fifty tests any ten thousand test five hundred thousand dollars. But is that are you gonna race your entire life over a half a million bucks? When you clearly he's got skills. Sometimes the students believe they were taking the tests for themselves other times rebel actively helped him on the exam in the fall of two thousand fifteen a thirties said he sat side by side with a student as she completed her SAT in Belmont, California, providing her with answers and later gloated about getting away with cheating that was the young girl. I told you about that was in the newspaper. Authorities said in the summer of twenty eighteen he completed the ACT in Houston hotel room for the son of Jane Buckingham. The chief executive of a boutique marketing firm in Houston. I believe her book. If you look it up Jane Buckingham is her book is entitled how to get out of sticky situations. Singer boasted that rebel was his best test taker according to the indictment he could quote nail a score. He's that good. That's that's who this. This guy is the US attorney leveling echoed the assessment when he addressed reporters on Tuesday explaining how singer would discuss with parents their child's target score which had to be good. But had to allude suspicion. See can't cope from like zero to a fourteen hundred you've got to kind of work your way up. He then would direct rebel attempt to hit that exact score that they were looking for his page on the IMG academy website was removed on Tuesday a cash. Eight version includes the boarding schools account of his duties and credentials. He was a coordinator and leader of the college entrance exam prep. So he's obviously steeped in entrance exams and the college exams, so he's probably taking these tests on the side for fun. Okay. That's a b squared. Okay. That's three. Okay. That's see. Okay. That's. There's only going to be like a universe of questions. I mean, probably some of them are very familiar, and if he's taking all these tests, he's probably just getting better and better taking the same darn task course over and over again. Imagine. If like, he's just will be interesting if he just had a massive change of heart starts to out these kids bloom. What do you mean only got three hundred? I'm never gonna get it. Now. I'm going to venture now rebels page. So it says that he was basically in the test. Yeah. I think I'm gonna taverna tank out all your tests. So is the coordinator and leader of the college entrance exam. Prep was responsible for the schools, test prep curriculum and recruited tutors to fill the growing need for additional one on one tutoring. Which allowed the students to have private learning opportunities and customize their educational experience. John I'm going to see if any of them want to come and hang with you. All right. Maybe put us we're delta school. 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