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Jack Buckingham, son of The Modern Girl's Guide to Life author Jane Buckingham, apologized for being “unknowingly involved” in the scam. His mother allegedly conspired to have a someone take the ACT for her son for $50,000. The FBI this week arrested 50 people, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, in what’s being called the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.
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“I know there are millions of kids out there both wealthy and less fortunate who grind their ass off just to have a shot at the college of their dreams,” Jack Buckingham said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “I am upset that I was unknowingly involved in a large scheme that helps give kids who may not work as hard as others an advantage over those who truly deserve those spots.”
“For that, I am sorry, though I know my word does not mean much to many people at the moment,” he continued. “While the situation I am going through is not a pleasant one, I take comfort in the fact that this might help finally cut down on money and wealth being such a heavy factor in college admissions.”
“Instead, I hope colleges may prioritize an applicants’ character, intellect, and other qualities over everything else,” he finished, adding, “It was probably not a smart idea to say anything but I needed to get that off my chest.”
According to People, Loughlin allegedly gave $500,000 to “admissions consultant” William Singer’s sham nonprofit organization in a scheme to say her child was a crew recruit, when her daughter never rowed.