Must be nice to have enough cash on hand to just give it to a foundation without doing any significant due diligence.
A statement released overnight by Vincent Law, a partner at Mayer Brown in Hong Kong said his client gave the money to Rick Singer's foundation in 2017 after her family used his consulting services and her daughter got into the school. The attorney's statement identified the mother only as Mrs Zhao and did not provide her full name.
It said the sum was paid because she was led to believe the money would go toward helping underprivileged students.
The mother said Singer had asked her to make the donation and told her that it would support academic staff salaries, scholarships, athletic programs and "helping those students who otherwise will not be able to afford to attend Stanford".
"Since the matters concerning Mr Singer and his foundation have been widely reported, Mrs Zhao has come to realise she has been misled, her generosity has been taken advantage of, and her daughter has fallen victim to the scam," said the statement.