Additional charges filed in college admissions case


BOSTON (WWLP) – Additional charges have been filed against 11 out of 15 defendants in the college admissions case.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the superseding indictment accuses 11 defendants– Gamal Abdelaziz, Diane Blake, Todd Blake, Mossimo Giannulli, Elisabeth Kimmell, Lori Loughlin, William McGlashan, Jr., Marci Palatella, John Wilson, Homayoun Zadeh, and Robert Zangrillo— of conspiring to commit federal program bribery by bribing employees of the University of Southern California to help their children’s admission.

“In exchange for the bribes, employees of the university allegedly designated the defendants’ children as athletic recruits – with little or no regard for their athletic abilities – or as members of other favored admissions categories,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office says.

John Wilson of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, has also been charged with two counts of substantive federal programs bribery in connection with his efforts to secure his children’s admission into Harvard and Stanford.

The superseding indictment also includes additional charges of wire fraud and honest services wire fraud against Joey Chen, William McGlashan, Jr., John Wilson, and Robert Zangrillo in connection with the scheme to use bribery and other forms of fraud to obtain falsified test scores and admission to elite schools as athletic recruits or other favored admissions categories.

“Today’s charges are the result of ongoing investigation in the nationwide college admissions case,” U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said. “Our goal from the beginning has been to hold the defendants fully accountable for corrupting the college admissions process through cheating, bribery and fraud.  The superseding indictments will further that effort.”

For a full list of defendants charged in the scandal and the latest updates on their cases, click here.

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