Friday, November 26, 2021

Former USC official pleads guilty to college bribery scheme

BOSTON (AP) — A former athletics official at the University of Southern California pleaded guilty Friday to his role in the college admissions bribery scandal, legal filings show.

The Boston Globe, citing records, reported that the school’s former senior associate athletic director, Donna Heinel, filed the petition in US District Court in Boston, where the wider prosecution is based.

According to court documents, prosecutors agreed to drop several other charges in exchange for his guilty plea.

As the Globe reports, an indictment accused Heinel and others of taking bribes from the plan’s recruited mastermind, Rick Singer, “to designate the students as recruited athletes” even though the students did not qualify. .

Heinal remains free on bond until his sentencing in March. The count he pleaded guilty provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, but he probably would not face such a severe sentence as a first-time offender.

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Her lawyers did not respond to a request for comment from The Globe.

More than 40 people have pleaded guilty to the scheme, in which wealthy parents bribed Singer to falsely project their children as athletic recruits to get their children into top colleges. Hollywood actor Felicity Huffman was also among those convicted. and Lori Loughlin.

In the first trial stemming from the investigation, federal jurors last month convicted two parents of Regarding participating in the scheme.

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