‘Why Didn’t You Believe in Me?’ The Family Reckoning After the College Admissions Scandal
LOS ANGELES—Matteo Sloane was home on spring break when FBI agents showed up at his family’s Spanish-style house in the hills of Bel Air at 6:15 a.m. to take his father to jail.
By the time his father came home at the end of that day after posting $500,000 in bail, Matteo, then a freshman at the University of Southern California, was ready to confront him.
“Why didn’t you believe in me?” Matteo asked. “Why didn’t you trust me?”
Devin Sloane, the 53-year-old founder of a water-treatment company, was one of 36 parents who have been criminally charged with paying to help cheat the college admissions system for their children. All but one of the 13 parents sentenced so far has received prison time, from two weeks to six months, for using college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer to rig SAT and ACT tests or to disguise applicants as athletic recruits.