Stafford Brown wrote:
I work in Newport Beach, lots of locals on the charged list.
Many super wealthy here and never ceases to blow my mind how these people make their millions.
Reading the OC register for years someones always getting arrested for tax fraud, medical billing fraud, embezzlement, 1 man collecting 3 government salaries simultaneously etc from this part of the county.
Yes, we all know this goes on but whats mind blowing is the scale that it goes on.
What I can't wrap my head around is why people felt the need to cheat and use a middle man to bribe their kids into school? Direct donations are just as efficient, tax deductible, and completely legal. I went to the University of Miami and there was never any question there were three admissions pathways: athletics, academics and donations.
As a side note I worked as an RA in the dorms with and got an insight into the lives and behaviours of my residence. The kids there who got in based on their parents money were by far the hardest to deal with. I had a difficult situation with a freshman football 'star' who didn't meet the hype and ended up transferring. We also had a star basketball player get kicked off the team for behavioural reasons come and steal laptops from a number of rooms in the building. Both individuals were immature and arrogant but when push came to shove they took responsibility for their actions and accepted the penalties. When it came to addressing some serious drug issues and very disruptive behaviour issues with a group of 'legacy students' it was next level BS. Lawyers were called, pretty much everyone working in the building was removed from direct association with the case and at no point did any of the offenders admit to doing anything wrong. The attitude was 'we pay you to work so f*** off peasant.'