Jennifer Kay Toy, a teacher who said she had been given “teacher of the year” awards while employed in the Oakland Unified School District and Pacifica Academy, said in the lawsuit that her son earned a 4.2 grade point average and applied to some of the colleges targeted by the scam.

Her son, Joshua, “did not make the cut for some undisclosed reason,” she wrote in the lawsuit. “I’m now outraged and hurt because I feel that my son, my only child, was denied access to a college not because he failed to work and study hard enough but because wealthy individuals felt that it was ok to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children’s way into a good college.”