14 to plead guilty in college admissions scandal

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BOSTON (WWLP) – Thirteen parents and a former coach have agreed to plead guilty to charges in connection with the college admissions scandal.

The defendants were charged last month with conspiring with William “Rick” Singer to use bribery and other forms of fraud to secure the admission of students to colleges and universities.

According to a news release from U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s office, the following individuals have agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud:

1.      Gregory Abbott, 68, of New York, N.Y., together with his wife, Marcia, agreed to pay Singer $125,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme for their daughter;

2.      Marcia Abbott, 59, of New York, N.Y.;

3.      Jane Buckingham, 50, of Beverly Hills, Calif., agreed to pay Singer $50,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme for her son;

4.      Gordon Caplan, 52, of Greenwich, Conn., agreed to pay Singer $75,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme for his daughter;

5.      Robert Flaxman, 62, of Laguna Beach, Calif., agreed to pay Singer $75,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme for his daughter;

6.      Felicity Huffman, 56, of Los Angeles, Calif., agreed to pay Singer at least $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme for her oldest daughter;

7.      Agustin Huneeus Jr., 53, of San Francisco, Calif., agreed to pay Singer $300,000 to participate in both the college entrance exam cheating scheme and the college recruitment scheme for his daughter;

8.      Marjorie Klapper, 50, of Menlo Park, Calif., agreed to pay Singer $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme for her son;

9.      Peter Jan Sartorio, 53, of Menlo Park, Calif., agreed to pay Singer $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme for his daughter;

10.  Stephen Semprevivo, 53, of Los Angeles, Calif., agreed to pay Singer $400,000 to participate in the college recruitment scheme for his son; and

11.  Devin Sloane, 53, of Los Angeles, Calif., agreed to pay Singer $250,000 to participate in the college recruitment scheme for his son.

The following individuals have agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services

12. Bruce Isackson, 61, of Hillsborough, Calif.

13. Davina Isackson, 55, of Hillsborough, Calif.

The Isacksons agreed to pay Singer an amount, ultimately totaling $600,000, to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme for their younger daughter and the college recruitment scheme for both of their daughters. Bruce has also agreed to plead guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy and one count of conspiracy to defraud the IRS.

14. Michael Center, 54, of Austin, Texas, the former head coach of men’s tennis at the University of Texas at Austin. Center personally accepted $60,000 in cash from Singer, as well as $40,000 directed to the University of Texas tennis program, in exchange for designating the child of one of Singer’s clients as a tennis recruit.

Lelling said all defendants who took tax deductions for the bribe payments have agreed to cooperate with the IRS to pay back taxes. 

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