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Two Parents Are the First to Face Trial in College Admissions Scandal

Mr. Singer advised investigators that though the daughter performed basketball in highschool, she was not ok to be recruited. So, in accordance to the paperwork, Mr. Abdelaziz helped Mr. Singer put collectively a basketball profile to submit to U.S.C. that included falsified honors.

With the assist of Donna Heinel, U.S.C.’s former senior affiliate athletic director, Mr. Abdelaziz’s daughter was admitted in 2018 as a basketball recruit, the paperwork say. Mr. Abdelaziz subsequently despatched $300,000 to a basis managed by Mr. Singer, in accordance to the paperwork.

Just a few months later, the paperwork say, Mr. Singer started making funds of $20,000 a month to Dr. Heinel, in trade for her help in recruiting Mr. Abdelaziz’s daughter and the youngsters of Mr. Singer’s different purchasers.


Mr. Abdelaziz’s daughter by no means joined the U.S.C. basketball staff. Dr. Heinel has pleaded not responsible to fraud and different fees and is scheduled to go to trial in November together with three different former athletic officers.

The prosecutors’ case in opposition to Mr. Wilson additionally entails athletics.

Mr. Wilson’s son performed water polo, however not competitively sufficient, in accordance to prosecutors. Mr. Singer wrote a false athletic profile, with Mr. Wilson’s information. After the son was admitted, prosecutors say, Mr. Wilson paid Mr. Singer $220,000, of which Mr. Singer despatched $100,000 to the U.S.C. water polo staff, in accordance to courtroom paperwork. The son withdrew from the staff after one semester.

Later, prosecutors say, Mr. Wilson agreed to pay $1.5 million to safe spots at Stanford and Harvard for his twin daughters. According to courtroom paperwork, Mr. Singer, who by this time was cooperating with legislation enforcement brokers, advised Mr. Wilson the spot at Stanford could be by way of the crusing staff, however the daughter didn’t have to really sail; the spot at Harvard could be by way of a “senior women’s administrator” who would select a sport for his daughter.


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