Prosecutors say even more people could be charged in the college admissions scandal, and parents are scared

Federal prosecutors said more people could be charged in the college admissions scandal as investigators continue to probe parents connected to the scheme.

Defence lawyers told The New York Times that federal prosecutors have told an unknown number of parents that they’re under investigation in the scandal.

At least three students have been sent target letters about the investigation. So far, no student has been charged as part of the scheme.

The United States attorney for the District of Massachusetts (USAMA) would not reveal any information to INSIDER about the subject of the letters or who they were sent to.

Fifty people were charged in the college admissions scandal in March, including its ringleader, William “Rick” Singer, as well as college coaches and 30 parents.

Prosecutors allege that parents paid up to $US6.5 million for Singer to bribe college coaches and entrance exam administrators to guarantee their children spots at elite universities.

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Singer and 19 others, including actress Felicity Huffman, have pleaded guilty in the case. Thirty others, including actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty and could face hefty prison sentences.

Liz McCarthy, a spokeswoman for USAMA, told INSIDER that the investigation is ongoing and additional defendants could still be charged.

Defence lawyers told The Times that some clients of Singer’s who were not charged are fearing they will be targeted next.

“For many of these people, this is the only thing they can think about,” one defence lawyer told The Times.

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