When attorney Gordon Caplan lied about his daughter’s disability so she could take a college entrance test at a specific site, when he paid a $75,000 bribe so that someone at that site would doctor her answers to increase her score, and especially later, when he agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud, the former co-chair of Willkie Farr & Gallagher changed his life forever.

But the impact went much deeper than one man. Caplan and 49 other defendants in the college admissions scandal known as Operation Varsity Blues also uprooted the college admissions process in America. Prosecutors called it the largest college admissions fraud ever in the U.S.

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