Parents accused of college admission scheme appear in Boston federal court

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The parents who appeared in federal court in Boston on Friday are among the 33 people charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scheme ever prosecuted.    

More than a dozen parents walked into the Boston Federal Courthouse Friday to face a judge for the first time. 

Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at some of the country’s top schools.

Those defendents include CEOs, investment executives, real estate developers and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. 

The former president of Wynn Macau, who has also held leadership roles MGM Resorts, made no statement in court on Friday, But his lawyer told the judge that his client intends to fight the charges.

The initial court appearances are largely a formality. Court officials simply recited the charges and maximum sentences while the judge informs the defendants of their rights and considers any special requests. 

Rick Singer, the admissions consultant at the center of the scheme, was the first person to plead guilty to the charges.

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