HOUSTON — Dozens of wealthy parents have been charged with paying off bribes to get their kids into elite schools. The non-profit at the center of orchestrating those bribes claims to have ties to Texas.

The Key Foundation is California-based and its CEO, William Singer, is charged with helping students cheat their way into college

As KHOU 11 News started looking through the foundation's records, we found it's claiming three Texas connections.

The first, on its website under partners is Houston Hoops. However, when we called Hoops founder Hal Pastner, he said he'd never heard of them. 

He told KHOU they must have just put his logo on their website. Other non-profits across the country have said the same thing and when we checked back Wednesday, The Key Foundation's website no longer listed those partners.

Then there's the foundation's tax forms. 

In 2015, a $5,508 donation is listed to the city of Houston. In 2015 and 2016, a $546,000 dollar donation is listed to University of Texas athletics. 

We called the city and UT to find out more. A spokeswoman for the city of Houston told us they'd look into it. 

But keep in mind, just because The Key Foundation claimed they made a donation doesn't mean the city or UT ever got that money.


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