Two parents were found guilty in US district court on Friday for their involvement in what federal prosecutors called the largest college admissions scandal in US history, The New York Times reports.
why it matters: John Wilson, the founder of a private equity firm, and Jamal Abdelaziz, a former casino executive, were the first to go on trial in the “Operation Varsity Blues” scandal – in which parents allegedly bribed coaches and allowed their children. Had to pay for forged standardized tests to achieve. in elite colleges.
running news: According to the Times, Abdelaziz and Wilson, who were convicted of bribery and conspiracy to commit fraud, face up to 20 years in prison on the most serious of charges.
- However, Ilene Jaroslav, chairperson of the White Collar Criminal Defense Practice at Philips Niger Law Firm, said she did not expect judges to sentence either defendant to more than five years, the Times notes.
- Abdelaziz was accused of paying $300,000 in 2018 to get his daughter admitted to the University of Southern California as a top basketball recruit. Abdelaziz’s daughter did not make the varsity team in high school.
- Wilson was accused in 2014 of paying $220,000 to enroll his son as a water polo recruit at USC.
big picture: 57 people, including parents, coaches, standardized test administrators and others, have been charged in connection with the college admissions scam. reports.
- The scandal has implicated athletic coaches at colleges including USC, Yale, Stanford, Wake Forest and Georgetown.
- According to the Times, of the 57 defendants who were charged in March 2019, about 48 have pleaded guilty or agreed to do so.
what to watch: A small number of parents are going to go for the test in 2021.
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