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Utica College grad lead investigator on college admissions scandal

The 204-page legal document that details volumes of evidence in the national college admissions scandal was written by a Utica College graduate.

Posted: Mar. 15, 2019 5:47 PM

The 204-page legal document that details volumes of evidence in the national college admissions scandal was written by a Utica College graduate.

FBI Special Agent Laura Smith graduated from UC's Economic Crime investigation program in 2003. 

"It was when Utica College had the only Economic Crime Investigation program in the country and I remember her well. She was a very good student, very thoughtful, very meticulous, and reading through this affadavit, it shows," says Criminal Justice Professor, Donald Rebovich, Ph.D.

The lengthy affadavit in support of the criminal complaint details allegations of countless bribes by wealthy parents to secure unearned spots for their children in elite colleges and universities....$50,000 and $200,000 payments to college foundations....doctored photos depicting teens who didn't play sports appearing to take part in them.

The professor who taught Special Agent and UC Grad Smith remembers a budding investigator who had natural aptitude for the hunt.

"She was very good at working what we call hypothetical scenarios," said Dr. Rebovich. "I recall her being very good at working out those cases because it's like a cat and mouse game. You try to think like the criminal and be two steps ahead."

Dr. Rebovich is proud of the school's protege, who is now captivating headlines for fighting costly crime on a national stage. And-proud of the school.

"It's a very powerful statement for our program and the school to see someone like that work a case like that and be the lead investigator."

The school plans to reach out to Smith and invite her to lecture. She's currently assigned to the FBI's Boston Field Office.

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