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Newport Beach home of Rick Singer, college admissions cheating schemer, is on the market at $2.6 million

William “Rick” Singer,” the Newport Beach businessman behind an alleged $25 million college admissions bribery scheme, is likely facing years in prison.
His Newport Heights home hit the market nearly three weeks before his court appearance in Boston on Tuesday, March 12. The five-bedroom, six-bathroom house went up for sale Feb. 20 at $2.599 million, the multiple listing service shows.
Singer, 58, pleaded guilty in federal court to racketeering conspiracy, money-laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and obstruction of justice. Sentencing guidelines could result in a sentence of at least 15 years, The Wall Street Journal reported. He’ll be sentenced in June.
Singer bought the Newport Beach house in 2012, paying $1.55 million, according to property records.

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New Listing in Newport Beach Located on one of the most sought after blocks in the desirable enclave of Newport Heights, this custom built home offers an ideal melding of space, volume, warmth, and functionality. Keenly designed and offering a mature landscape reminiscent of estates in Napa Valley, one is immediately drawn by the exterior appeal and privacy. Open house Sunday, 1 – 4 PM Kindly contact me for a private showing. DRE# 01192690
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The Mediterranean house, built in 2003, sits on “one of the most sought after blocks in the desirable enclave of Newport Heights,” says the listing by Matt Perry of Arbor Real Estate. Within 5,167 square feet are soaring ceilings, stone floors, French doors and a gourmet kitchen and butler’s pantry. There’s also an office suite and secluded patio with a cooking area and firepit. The master suite has multiple decks and a “spa-like” bathroom.
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Currently, there are nearly two dozen homes on the market in Newport Heights, a residential swath above Pacific Coast Highway, from $1.29 million to $4.49 million, online brokerage Redfin shows.
Is Singer someone who real estate agents would describe as a “motivated seller?” Perhaps it doesn’t matter. The federal government can seize a wide range of assets in the case, according to court records. Have they already done so?

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