Mickelson, talking after his opening spherical at The Tour Championship, mentioned every little thing was completed above board, and that neither he nor his household ever made monetary contributions to Singer’s Key World Foundation.
“We, along with thousands of other families, hired he and his company to help guide us through the college application process,” Mickelson mentioned. “We’re as shocked as everyone the last few days.”
Earlier this week, federal authorities introduced Singer orchestrated a large bribery scheme to get college students admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes and assist them cheat on school entrance exams to realize admission. He pleaded responsible Tuesday to costs together with racketeering conspiracy, prosecutors mentioned.
Singer operated Edge College & Career Network, a for-profit school counseling and preparatory enterprise in Newport Beach, California. He recognized and recruited coaches who had been prepared to simply accept bribes from the dad and mom of potential college students to assist them acquire admission to elite universities.
According to federal prosecutors, from 2011 to February 2019 Singer allegedly conspired with others to facilitate dishonest on ACT and SAT exams in alternate for bribes by arranging for a 3rd social gathering to secretly take the check in place of the particular college students, or to exchange the scholars’ solutions along with his personal.
Singer additionally retained purchasers who had been prepared to pay bribes to the coaches and school directors with a view to acquire admission for his or her kids. The coaches allegedly designated the scholars as recruits for aggressive school athletic groups, no matter their athletic capacity, to assist facilitate their admission. Singer and others hid the bribe funds by funneling the cash by way of Singer’s charitable group.
“We’re not a part of this,” Mickelson mentioned of the bribery and dishonest scheme. “Most every family that hired his company was not a part of it. I think that’s why we’re all so surprised.”
Mickelson’s oldest daughter Amanda is an undergraduate scholar at Brown University. She graduated from Pacific Ridge School in Carlsbad, California, and was captain of the tennis and lacrosse groups. Mickelson’s youthful kids, daughter Sophia and son Evan, are nonetheless in highschool.
“Our kids, schools are like fighting to get them,” Mickelson mentioned. “I say that as a proud dad. Their grades and outside activities and worldly beliefs are things that have colleges recruiting them. [Singer and his company] helped us through the whole process because it can be confusing.”
Edge College and Career Network revealed a sworn statement from Mickelson and his spouse on its firm web site. Mickelson mentioned it was a thank-you word his spouse wrote to Singer for serving to them with their kids’s educational careers.