What will actually happen to the powerful millionaires ensnared in the college admissions scandal

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  • A number of wealthy, high-profile parents were arrested this week in a sweeping college admissions scandal that stoked outrage across the country.
  • Celebrities and finance executives were accused of paying bribes to secure spots for their children in top colleges, either by cheating on tests or falsely passing them off as athletic recruits.
  • But legal experts say it's unlikely any of the parents will serve time in prison — or if they do, it will be minimal.
  • Fines and community service is far more likely, and justice might be more effective if it comes from outside the criminal justice system, one federal prosecutor told INSIDER.
  • For example, revoking the acceptances of any students who were admitted under false pretenses could be a start.

A number of celebrities and executives have begun making court appearances in the sweeping bribery scandal that netted dozens of rich parents this week and sparked a roiling national debate about the role of wealth in college admissions.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged some 50 people in a $25 million scheme to secure spots in competitive schools for the children of wealthy parents — in some cases by cheating on standardized tests, and in other cases by bribing coaches and administrators to admit the children as athletic recruits, according to the indictments.

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