This week news broke that 50 people were indicted in connection with a college admissions bribery scandal dubbed the Operation Varsity Blues. Lori Loughlin, from Full House, and Felicity Huffman, from Desperate Housewives, were also arrested in connection to the scandal.
Jane Buckingham was one of the wealthy but rather unknown mothers caught up in the bribery scandal. Jane was arrested for allegedly participating in the bribery scandal for her son Jack Buckingham. According to the court documents, Jane paid $50,000 in bribes to have someone else take the ACT on behalf of her son.
Jack was unaware of his mom’s doing and is speaking out about the scandal. He is the first kid to speak out and apologize.
He has released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter apologizing for his mom’s actions.
“I have been advised not to speak on the matter at hand but what I will say is this. I know there are millions of kids out there both wealthy and less fortunate who grind their ass off just to have a shot at the college of their dreams. I am upset that I was unknowingly involved in a large scheme that helps give kids who may not work as hard as others and advantage over those who truly deserve those spots.”
He continued, “For that I am sorry though I know my word does not mean much to many people at the moment. While the situation I am going through is not a pleasant one, I take comfort in the fact that this might help finally cut down on money and wealth being such a heavy factor in college admissions. Instead, I hope colleges may prioritize [looking at] an applicants’ character, intellect and other qualities over everything else.”
“It was probably not a smart idea to say anything but I needed to get that off my chest,” he concluded.
His mother Jane is the founder and president of Trendera, a consumer insights firm. She has also written books about life, motherhood and business. She has another child, Lilia Buckingham, who is very popular on Instagram. She has over 1.4 million followers but wasn’t involved in the bribery scandal.
Originally, Jane paid for the proctor to change Jack’s ACT answers after he turned the test in. But then Jack contracted tonsillitis so he couldn’t travel to the testing center. Jane changed the plan and paid for someone to take the test on Jack’s behalf. She lied to her son and had him take a practice ACT test at home under the guise of the real ACT, so he believed that he took the test.