Parenting Book Author Charged in College Admissions Scam
The book was described as “a stylishly smart collection of practical advice for the busy modern woman.”
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.
“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.