Wealthy pay millions to put kids in collegesailing

A college admissions cheating scheme in the United States has triggered widespread discussio

n among Chinese netizens during the four-day May Day holiday after it was reported that a w

ealthy family paid $6.5 million to assure their daughter’s admission to Stanford University.

Billionaire Zhao Tao, 52, president and co-founder of Shandong Buchang Pharmaceuticals, a company that spec

ializes in traditional Chinese medicine to fight cardiovascular disease, reportedly funneled money to William Ric

k Singer, the admissions consultant who is at the center of the explosive case brought by US federal prosecutors.

The executive’s daughter, Zhao Yusi, also known as Molly Zhao, got a spot at Stanford University by presenting h

erself as a recruit for the school’s sailing team. The price was $6.5 million, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Zhao’s mother, identified as Mrs Zhao in a statement delivered through her attor

ney, said the family gave $6.5 million to Singer for the school’s scholarship fund and other purposes.

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