Fraud

Timeline: The major developments in the college admissions scandal

Felicity Huffman. Photo: Boston Globe/Getty Images

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

Driving the news: On Sept. 13, Felicity Huffman became the first parent sentenced in the scandal to be sentenced. On Sept. 17, Chinese national Xiaoning Sui became the 52nd person charged.

Insurers often shrug off fraud

Fighting fraud "is not a top priority" for major insurers, ProPublica reports, because they can just pass along the cost of wasteful spending to enrollees and employers.

Why it matters: Experts say fraud likely accounts for 10% of U.S. health costs. However, "private health insurers, who preside over some $1.2 trillion in spending each year, exhibit a puzzling lack of ambition when it comes to bringing fraudsters to justice," ProPublica's Marshall Allen writes.