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Gov. Greg Abbott speaks at the governor's mansion in January. Miguel Gutierrez Jr. The Texas Tribune

Gov. Greg Abbott is urging Texas universities to re-evaluate their admissions processes in the wake of a federal investigation that led to bribery charges against a coach at the University of Texas at Austin.

Federal authorities say William Singer, who runs a California-based admissions consulting firm, is at the center of the $25-million scheme in which wealthy clients paid him to either rig standardized test scores or recruit students with falsified athletic records.

The University of Texas fired men's tennis coach Michael Center on Wednesday, a day after federal officials unveiled documents accusing Center of taking up to almost $100,000 to get a student into school by listing him as a tennis recruit.

WBUR's Fred Thys reports for All Things Considered. Some parents spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, as much as $6.5 million, to guarantee their children's admission, officials said.

People are now wondering the impact that this scheme had on deserving students.

Loughlin's lawyer Perry Viscounty declined comment outside the courtroom, where a day earlier her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was freed on similar terms. "They definitely know the value of education and I myself just finished my Ph.D.so they got to witness mom go through school".

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A newly unsealed federal indictment offers a glimpse into the world of money and influence, and shows how an investigation dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues" entangled a Stanford University coach and several Silicon Valley parents among dozens more of their monied counterparts throughout the U.S.

In McGlashan's case, authorities allege, he authorized Singer to Photoshop his son's face on the body of a football player to trick Stanford and the University of Southern California that his son had experience in a sport he never played.

"These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege", said Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney in Boston, Massachusetts where the case was announced.

Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network of Newport Beach, California, pleaded guilty Tuesday.

The span of the investigation is massive, utilizing 200 FBI agents across the country to charge the 50 people in six states - making it the largest college admissions prosecution the Justice Department has ever seen, Lelling pointed out.

USC's interim President Wanda Austin said about a half-dozen current applicants affiliated with Singer's firm will be barred from admission, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday. "We are reviewing the details of the indictment and will take appropriate action", the Georgetown statement said.

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