Fraud

Timeline: The major developments in the college admissions scandal

Lori Loughlin. Photo: Boston Globe/Getty Images

In what Department of Justice prosecutors are calling the biggest admissions scam in U.S. history, at least 50 people allegedly bribed coaches and paid for forged standardized tests in a conspiracy to get their children admitted to elite American colleges.

Details: To date, 50 people — from business leaders to celebrities like Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman and athletic coaches — have been charged in the alleged scheme, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues.

GOP Congressman Chris Collins raises $5,000 in Q1, no individual contributions

Rep. Chris Collins from New York
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In the first quarter of 2019, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) received $0 in campaign contributions from individuals for his re-election, according to a filing with the Federal Elections Commission.

The backdrop: Collins was charged in 2018 with 11 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud and providing false testimony to investigators. The charges stem from insider trading involving an Australian drug company. In total, he has only been able to raise $5,000, which came from the campaign of another New York Republican who failed to secure a seat in last year's election, and 2 PACs. In the 2018 midterm election, Collins fundraised $280,000, reports The Daily Beast, despite his felony charges, and won a fourth term..

Go deeper: Rep. Chris Collins arrested for securities fraud