Netflix doc to examine man behind college admissions scandal

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Netflix documentary will use reenactments of FBI wiretapping actors to tell the story of Rick Singer, the man at the center of the college admissions scandal that sent actors Felicity Huffman , Lori Loughlin and several other prominent relatives in prison.

Netflix announced Monday that “Operation Varsity Blues” will be released on March 17th.

Named for the FBI operation that exposed the scandal, the documentary will not be about convicted celebrities like Huffman and Loughlin, but how Singer persuaded them, and many other wealthy clients, to cheat to get in. their children in elite colleges.

Netflix said in its announcement that the documentary will use “an innovative combination of interviews and narrative recreations of the FBI wiretap conversations between Singer and his clients.”

The documentary is by filmmakers Chris Smith and Jon Karmen, whose previous credits include Netflix’s Fyre festival documentary and “Tiger King.”

Actor Matthew Modine plays Singer, the known mastermind of the operation who rocked and began working with investigators, secretly recording his conversations with parents and coaches.

More more than 50 people have been charged in the scandal that saw parents pay bribes for someone to cheat on their children’s entrance exams or claim their children were star athletes for sports they did not practice.

Singer has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and several other charges, and is expected to testify at the accused’s trials. He was not convicted.

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