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College Admissions Scam: Where Some Defendants Are Now

The first two men to be tried in the college admission bribery scandal were found guilty on Friday. But the two defendants, Jamal Abdelaziz, a former casino executive, and John Wilson, a private equity investor, both parents, join a list of dozens of figures who have obtained judgment through plea agreements in the case that Federal investigators call Operation Varsity Blues.

The admissions plan investigation, in which parents funded millions of dollars through a private admissions counselor, William Singer, to increase their children’s chances of getting into universities such as the University of Southern California, Yale, Stanford and Georgetown, included coaches are also included. Examination Administrator and others.

Of the 57 defendants who have been charged, 47 have pleaded guilty or agreed to do so since the indictments were announced in March 2019. Some parents are going to go to trial in 2022. Here’s what happened to some notable defendants.

Jamal Abdelaziz He faces up to 20 years in prison after being found guilty on Friday of conspiracy to commit bribery and fraud, although experts say under sentencing guidelines, he is likely to face less than three years. Mr. Abdelaziz was accused of paying $300,000 to get his daughter into USC as a basketball recruit in 2018. He didn’t make the high school varsity team.

john wilson He also pleaded guilty to charges of bribery and conspiracy to commit fraud, and of filing a false tax return to collect a deduction for the bribe. According to experts, he could face up to 20 years in prison, but he would have a sentence of less than five. According to prosecutors, Mr. Wilson was accused of paying $220,000 to enroll his son as a water polo recruit at USC in 2014, despite the fact that he was not good enough to compete at the university. .

William Singer, Admissions consultant at the center of the scam, Found guilty for racketeering and other charges in 2019 after cooperating with federal investigators since September 2018. He has not been punished. Mr. Singer faces jail time and fines for various offenses committed in the process of operating “side doors” at universities for his clients.

Lori LoughlinThe actress, best known for her role in the sitcom “Full House,” was sentenced to two months in prison and $150,000 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, a fashion designer. Fine was imposed. Mr. Giannulli was sentenced to five months in prison and received a $250,000 fine. Prosecutors said the couple paid $500,000 to have their children admitted to USC as Rover. Ms. Loughlin’s downfall was swift: she resigned from her country club and was let go of her role in the Hallmark Channel series “When Calls the Heart”. Last month, it was announced that Ms. Loughlin would return to that role on the drama’s spinoff, according to Diversity.

John Vandemore, who trained sailing at Stanford for 11 years, was among the first to argue the charges of racketeering. Prosecutors said they handed checks worth up to $770,000 from Singer to Stanford development executives. Mr. Vandemore served one day in prison and six months in detention. He also lost his job at Stanford and his family’s university-subsidized housing. But he has since found a new career: Mr. Vandemore, who has a geology degree, recently started a job at a water engineering firm that makes drinking water systems.

Felicity Huffman, Award-Winning Actress and a Star of “Desperate Housewives” 11 days served at a minimum-security prison camp outside San Francisco in 2019 for fraud charges, when he admitted to paying $15,000 for cheating his daughter’s SAT exam. Ms Huffman is set to play the lead role in the ABC comedy about Minor League Baseball, according to news report.

Douglas Hodge, A former chief executive of investment management firm Pimco received the harshest sentence of any parent involved in the case: nine months in prison and a $750,000 fine. Most of the parents accused in the scam were charged with bribery or fraud to get one or two kids into college. but Mr. Hodge took advantage of the scam Further and longer term, prosecutors said, he paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to get at least four of his seven children into top-tier schools, and was trying to do the same with his fifth child.

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