AP NEWS

GORDON CAPLAN

March 15, 2019

Charge: Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Caplan, of Greenwich, Conn., and New York, is an attorney and co-chairman of the law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher. He is accused of making a $75,000 payment under the guise of a charitable donation for his daughter to participate in the cheating scheme.

He allegedly took his daughter to a psychologist in Los Angeles in order to get medical documentation she would need to receive extended time for an entrance exam. Singer told Caplan that his daughter needed “to be stupid” when a psychologist evaluated her for a learning disability.

The ACT twice denied his daughter’s request for extended time before ultimately granting it at the request of law enforcement officials investigating the scheme, according to the complaint.

In a phone call Singer suggested Caplan hire someone to take classes for his daughter to improve her grades.

Caplan’s wife voiced concerns on the call, saying she had a “problem with that,” according to the complaint.

Caplan picked up the phone to speak privately to Singer, and asked, “if somebody catches this, what happens?”

“The only one who can catch it is if you guys tell somebody,” Singer said.

“I am not going to tell anybody,” Caplan said, both laughing, according to the complaint.