Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Culture | By Jeremy Gray

College Coaches, Others Indicted In Admissions Bribery Case

College Coaches, Others Indicted In Admissions Bribery Case

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In exchange, Abdelaziz would make payments to the tune of $20,000 per month in exchange for her acceptance into the school.

A group of about 50 people, including parents, exam administrators, coaches, and more have been charged in a wild $25 million college admission scandal that allegedly involved bribery, falsifying documents, and some amusing Photoshop expertise, U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling announced during a press conference, NBC affiliate WKYC reports. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

He must later appear in court in MA, where the nationwide investigation was initiated.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said the charity was used as a "front" for the scam. "We are reviewing the details of the indictment and will take appropriate action", the Georgetown statement said.

In all, 200 federal agents nationwide helped with the case and the arrests, authorities said.

Witnesses told investigators they were not qualified athletes.

Singer was scheduled to plead guilty Tuesday afternoon. He faces several years in prison and the forfeiture of more than $550,000.

In 2007 Singer began operating the Edge College & Career Network, also known as "The Key" - a college counseling and preparation services business, authorities said.

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"I studied a couple days, but it's not fair a student not studying at all and having somebody else go in and taking it for them", said Suliman.

And, in a second part of the scheme, the "side door" operation, Singer would create bogus athletic profiles for the students and manage payoffs to university coaches in minor sports like soccer, crew, water polo and sailing so that the student could be accepted on that basis.

At least two of the defendants had ties to MA.

Bill McGlashan, founder of TPG Growth and a leading voice in Silicon Valley about how to invest ethically, has also been charged with engineering his son's admission into the University of Southern California.

- Michael Center has been dismissed as the head men's tennis coach atf the University of Texas at Austin. Numerous other defendants live in California.

Michael Center, 54, is one of almost 50 people charged in the scheme.

"This is zero sum, Lelling said".

In a wiretapped phone call with Singer past year, Center allegedly acknowledged the deal - and agreed to consider doing it again for another kid.

Heinel allegedly submitted the defendant's daughter to a USC subcommittee for athletic admissions in October 2017, and the committee granted approval to admit the student as a basketball recruit. Meredith knew her credentials were false.

According to court documents, the student did not play competitive tennis. This time, their conversations were being recorded.

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