“The two are among 57 people charged over a scheme in which wealthy parents conspired with California college admissions consultant William ‘Rick’ Singer”
The amazing thing about this scandal is that it reminds us how desperate some parents are to get their kids into college. Why?
Two wealthy dads convicted in first U.S. college admissions scandal trial
Two wealthy fathers who were the first to face trial in the U.S. college admissions scandal were convicted on Friday of charges that they corruptly tried to buy their children’s way into elite universities as phony athletic recruits.
A federal jury in Boston found former casino executive Gamal Aziz and private equity firm founder John Wilson guilty on all charges they faced in a case centered on a vast, nationwide fraud and bribery scheme that involved many other parents.
The verdict followed 10-1/2 hours of jury deliberations and four weeks of trial in a case that exposed inequalities in higher education and the lengths wealthy parents would go to secure spots for their children at top schools.
The two are among 57 people charged over a scheme in which wealthy parents conspired with California college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer to fraudulently secure college placement for their children through fraud and bribery.
Singer pleaded guilty in 2019 to facilitating cheating on college entrance exams and funneling money from the parents to corrupt coaches and athletics officials in order to secure the admission of their children as fake athletes.
Prosecutors alleged that Aziz – a former Wynn Resorts Ltd executive also known as Gamal Abdelaziz – in 2018 paid $300,000 to secure his daughter’s admission to the University of Southern California (USC) as a basketball recruit.
Prosecutors said Wilson, who founded Hyannis Port Capital, paid $220,000 in 2014 to have his son falsely designated a USC water polo recruit and later in 2018 paid another $1 million to try to secure spots for his twin daughters at Stanford and Harvard universities.
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