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Former Harvard Fencing Coach Arrested for Allegedly Taking $1.5 Million in Bribes

Former Harvard Fencing Coach Arrested for Allegedly Taking $1.5 Million in Bribes

“sold his home to cohort and Maryland businessman Jie “Jack’’ Zhao for about $450,000 more than it was worth as part of the scheme”

This is not part of the college admissions scandal, but the alleged crime is along the same lines.

The New York Post reports:

Ex-Harvard fencing coach arrested in $1.5M bribery admissions scheme: feds

Harvard’s former fencing coach was busted Monday for allegedly accepting more than $1.5 million in bribes from a telecom mogul to get the businessman’s two sons into the prestigious university.

Cash-strapped then-coach Peter Brand sold his home to cohort and Maryland businessman Jie “Jack’’ Zhao for about $450,000 more than it was worth as part of the scheme, the feds said in new court papers.

“[Zhao’s] boys don’t have to be great fencers. All I need is a good incentive to recruit them. You can tell him that,’’ Brand allegedly told a cooperating witness in May 2012 in the million-dollar admissions plot.

While the case is not part of the feds’ famous “Operation Varsity Blues” — in which a slew of wealthy parents, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, have been nailed for allegedly bribing their kids into top colleges — it involves the same principle.

The former longtime Ivy League fencing coach devised the scheme with Zhao after several years of Brand’s wife berating her hubby for overspending, according to court documents.

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The Friendly Grizzly | November 17, 2020 at 12:21 pm

For fencing? I an then just imagine what a foo-baw coach rakes in.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | November 17, 2020 at 12:53 pm

Psst….. Colleges in all states have laid down for dirty Communist Chinese money.

Hmmm, now what could he have been fencing? LOL!

This stuff moves lightning fast doesn’t it? It’s like a couple years ago that we read about it, although not the witness saying he requested a bribe.

Isn’t it ironic… that as the product produced by US colleges grows more and more worthless, rich leftists are paying bigger and bigger bribes to ensure their spawn have seats at the charade?

Had 22 relatives who graduated Harvard and MIT. Happily attended CUNY for nothing. Paid, in fact, due to Regents. What a great decision (it was made for me).
Too often men went to Harvard to learn how to network and lie.

Why is bribery of people who aren’t public officials in a case unrelated to government contracting a crime?

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