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College cheating scandal: 1st lawsuits filed by students

(NBC News) The first lawsuits targeting elite universities and individuals charged by federal prosecutors in a sweeping college admissions scandal were filed by a student and parent on Wednesday in California.

The parent, Jennifer Kay Toy, claimed in San Francisco Superior Court that her son Joshua — with a 4.2 grade-point average — was not admitted to some schools because of the “despicable actions” of parents implicated in the scandal.

The scheme, led by cooperating witness William Rick Singer, allegedly included bribes to university sports coaches, campus officials and fake test scores.