The complaint states that wealthy parents paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to William Singer, the founder of a fraudulent college entrance consultant company, to take standardized college entrance exams for their children, and fabricate false high school athletics profiles for their children.
"Joshua and I beleived (sic) that he'd had a fair chance just like all other applicants but did not make the cut for some undisclosed reason", she wrote in the lawsuit.
The suit names actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman as well as Loughlin's husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, along with dozens of other people charged in the criminal case. "I'm now outraged and hurt because I feel that my son, my only child, was denied access to a college not because he failed to work and study hard enough but because wealthy individuals felt that it was ok to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children's way into a good college". The court filing does not specify the colleges where her son applied or when he submitted his applications.
The lawsuit also estimates that "due to the length and breadth of the cheating scam", more than one million people have been affected.
Singer previously pleaded guilty to running the scheme that relied upon a number of illegal activities - including bribing athletic coaches and hiring individuals to take tests for students - to get the children of TV star Felicity Huffman, former Pimco CEO Douglas Hodge, newly departed Hercules Capital CEO Manuel Henriquez and others into top-ranked US universities. Federal authorities on Tuesday announced 50 people had been charged for their alleged roles in the scheme. Both of the students were denied admissions to these universities. Singer would give bribes to college officials and coaches in exchange for assistance in helping the unqualified students' admissions. Authorities have said that in many cases the teenagers were not aware of what was going on.
Singer ran his ploy through Key Worldwide Foundation, a charity he started in 2012, prosecutors said in court papers.