- Gordon Caplan, the former co-chair of Willkie Farr & Gallagher who is now on leave from the law firm, announced on Friday that he will plead guilty as part of the college admissions scandal.
- Prosecutors said Caplan paid the scheme’s alleged ringleader, Rick Singer, $US75,000 to change the answers of his daughter’s ACT exam in 2018.
- According to a criminal complaint filed last month, Singer told Caplan that he needed his daughter “to be stupid” when being evaluated for extra time on the exam.
- In recorded phone conversations published int he criminal complaint, Caplan shows repeated concern over being caught in the scandal.
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A Connecticut lawyer indicted as part of the college admissions scandal will plead guilty, he announced on Friday.
Gordon Caplan, who prosecutors say paid $US75,000 to change the answers of his daughter’s ACT exam in 2018, released a statement on Friday in which he said he takes “full and sole responsibility” for his conduct, according to Bloomberg.
“I want to make clear that my daughter, whom I love more than anything in the world, is a high school junior and has not yet applied to college, much less been accepted by any school. She had no knowledge whatsoever about my actions, has been devastated to learn what I did and has been hurt the most by it,” Caplan said in a statement seen by Bloomberg.
The former co-chair of law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, Caplan is now on leave.
“I apologise not only to my family, friends, colleagues and the legal bar, but also to students everywhere who have been accepted to college through their own hard work,” he said.
Caplan, from Greenwich, Connecticut, is one of 33 parents accused of paying up to $US6.5 million to get their children into top universities as part of a scheme that prosecutors say included bribing college coaches and entrance-exam administrators.
According to a criminal complaint filed last month, the scheme’s alleged ringleader, Rick Singer, told Caplan that he needed his daughter “to be stupid” when a psychologist evaluated her for learning disabilities in order to earn extra time for her ACT exam.
“I also need to tell [your daughter] when she gets tested, to be as, to be stupid, not to be as smart as she is,” Singer said, according to court documents. “The goal is to be slow, to be not as bright, all that, so we show discrepancies.”
In recorded phone conversations published in the criminal complaint, Caplan shows concern over being caught on multiple occasions.
Prosecutors said in court documents that Caplan’s daughter took the ACT on December 8, 2018, at the West Hollywood Test Center, and her scores were later corrected by Singer’s team.
Caplan has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
He made a court appearance in Boston on April 3 alongside several other parents charged in the case, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman.
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