Gordon Caplan, private equity lawyer and co-chairman at the law firm, Wilkie Farr & Gallagher LLP, named “Dealmaker of the Year,” by American Lawyer, who was arrested in the Varsity Blue admissions scandal for his efforts with William “Rick” Singer to get his daughter into college.
Not really sure if we can measure honesty here. Mr. Caplan is accused of paying Mr. Singer $75,000 to improve his daughter’s test scores. However, Mr. Caplan had to have a psychologist certify his daughter as having a learning disability so that his daughter could take the ACT exam at one of the locations where Mr. Singer had bribable test administrators. Mr. Caplan and his daughter flew out to California, Ms. Caplan took the ACT, and, thanks to the administrator who changed her answers, her previous score jumped from the low 22 to 32, thanks also to the cash and Mr. Singer’s efforts. Mr. Singer wanted to go to a score of 33, but Mr. Caplan felt it was too much of a jump. In a phone conversation following the successful cheating, the content is damning:
Mr. Singer: “It’s the home run of home runs,” Singer later said.
Mr. Caplan: “It works every time?”
Singer: “Every time.”
Interestingly, the ACT balked twice at the daughter’s request for extra time on the exam based on a disability classification, but the Feds asked ACT to cooperate because they were running the sting.
However, assuming arguendo Mr. Caplan is being honest, he missed a thought — he may be finished too.