JANE BUCKINGHAM SAID DONT CHEAT ON INSTAGRAM JUST A MONTH BEFORE FBI RECORDING
So we’ve all heard about this insane college admission scandal which involved rich people buying their kids entry into top US colleges. They even helped cheat their test scores higher! But the poor kids never had an idea, till now. Must be awkward dinner conversation…. This scandal will continue to send ripples ever wider with more indictments on the way. But of the celebrities police arrested buying their kid’s way into a school, Jane Buckingham takes the cake. Just a year ago in May, she posted a graphic on her Instagram account. The graphic, alas, said, “DON’T CHEAT.” She included the caption, “Apply it to all aspects of life and you’ll probably be ok.”
FBI RECORDED BUCKINGHAM MAKING $50,000 “DONATION” TO HAVE SOMEONE TAKE SAT’S IMPERSONATING HER SON
But it was just one month later that the FBI recorded her arranging to send money to have someone take a college entrance exam while impersonating her son. Oopsie. So the way it worked was she made a $50,000 “donation” to someone who would then take the test in her son’s name the next month. But the FBI recorded her setting this up and what we know already isn’t pretty. She complained how hard it was to cheat on the test. One quote we know of so far from her was, “I know this is craziness, I know it is. And then I need you to get him into USC, and then I need you to cure cancer and [make peace] in the Middle East.”
TO BE FAIR, SHE WAS RIGHT, IF YOU CHEAT IT WON’T BE OK
But Jane Buckingham is also the founder of a boutique marketing agency, Trendera. Of Trendera’s big corporate clients, they include Target, Nickelodeon, Hearst, Stubhub, and Hilton Worldwide. I’d imagine Trendera is about to see most of those names disappear the more this story gets out there. But talk about hubris! This woman had the gall to send out a branding message about how no one should ever cheat at anything. But as it turns out, she was right. She cheated. And she’s definitely not ok now.