Corrupt coaches and profit proctors who ‘made millions off parents in college admission scandal Operation Varsity Blues’ prosecuted
Face 20 years in prison on racketeering charges
The first 12 defendants in the Operation Varsity Blues scandal will appear in federal court in Boston, Mass., on Monday
Total amount of money paid to coaches alone allegedly about $25 million
Donna Heinel, a former athletic director at USC, received over $1.3 million, court documents claim, while Gordon Ernst at Georgetown allegedly got $2.7 million
William Ferguson allegedly used his pull to enroll one student at Wake Forest while Jorge Salcedo enrolled two at UCLA, it is claimed
USC water polo coach Jovan Vavic got over $250,00,0 according to the indictment, and Singer allegedly paid school tuition for his children
Felicity Huffman will appear in court next week, while Lori Loughlin has pushed back her first appearance
USC puts holds on accounts of students linked to scandal
Donna Heinel, 57, University of Southern California Heinel is the former senior associate athletic director at USC, having been fired in the wake of this scandal. She is also the lone administrator to have been indicted at this time amid allegations she let over two dozen students in to the college who were never meant to compete for the school.
The indictment filed two weeks ago states that Singer’s clients paid over $1.3 million into accounts overseen by Heinel. In an odd twist, Heinel also runs a service advising parents how to abide by NCAA rules and regulations.
Gordon Ernst, 52, Georgetown University
Ernst accepted $2.7 million in bribes between 2012 and 2018 to help students gain admission by designating at least 12 applicants as tennis recruits, according to his indictment.
He was then placed on leave in December 2017 after the admissions office ‘identified irregularities in his recruitment practices,’ said the school. He was fired in 2018 but quickly picked up a job at the University of Rhode Island.
William Ferguson, 48, Volleyball coach at Wake Forest Ferguson is accused of accepting $100,000 for helping a student gain acceptance to the North Carolina university when she was placed on a wait list. The volleyball coach is now out of a job but there is no intention of expelling the student at this time.
Jorge Salcedo, 46, Soccer coach University of California Los Angeles The soccer coach resigned after allegations came out that he helped enroll two individuals at UCLA using fake athletic profiles.
Ali Khoroshahin, 49 and Laura Janke, 36,University of Southern California Singer paid approximately $350,000 to an account controlled by the two soccer coaches, states the indictment. The pair allegedly took in four students who they claimed to be soccer players, thus allowing them to skate through the admissions process despite having never played at a competitive level.
Jovan Vavic, 57, Water polo coach University of Southern California Singer and parents paid out over $250,000 to a bank account controlled by the water polo coach, according to the indictment. In addition, Singer is said to have funded the cost of school for Vavic’s children.
Igor Dvorskiy, 52, employee at College Board and ACT It was Dvorsky, a test administrator, who would allow another individual to edit tests for the teens while overseeing the SAT and ACT at a test center in West Hollywood, according to legal filings. In exchange he would receive approximately $10,000 per exam claim prosecutors, with Felicity Huffman’s daughter among those who benefited from this alleged cheating.
Lisa “Niki” Williams, 44, employee at College Board and ACT Williams allegedly did the same thing as Dvorskiy, but in the Houston area. She would administer the exams at the high school where she worked, though she has since lost that job and her position with the College Board and ACT.
Martin Fox – Private tennis coach Touted tennis coach Martin Fox is accused of making introductions that were crucial to Singer’s scam.
Coaches at both the University of Texas and University of California-San Diego all came to meet Singer thanks to Fox, who was allegedly paid over $250,000 for making these connections.
Steven Masera, 69, employee at Key Worldwide Foundation It was Masera who would allegedly take the funds donated by parents into the Key charitable fund and then funnel that money off to coaches or those aiding the in the testing scam, according to prosecutors.
Many of these payments are out in the open as well on the tax returns filed by Key over the past six years.
Mikaela Sanford, 32, employee at Key Worldwide Foundation In some extreme cases, parents allegedly paid Singer to find a person to take online classes for their children.
Sanford is accused of taking those classes by prosecutors, while also allegedly fabricating athletic profiles for the parents of students.
John Vandemoer [photo], former head sailing coach at Stanford, arrives at federal court in Boston on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, where he pled guilty to charges in the nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.
Parents caught up in college corrupt admissions scam Federal prosecutors accused dozens of parents of paying millions of dollars in bribes to help their children secure spots at prestigious American universities.
Gamal Abdelaziz, a senior executive of a resort and casino operator
Gregory and Marcia Abbott. Gregory is the founder and chairman of a packaging company for the food and beverage industry, and the former head of a private-label clothing manufacturer
Diane Blake, an executive at a retail merchandising firm, and Todd Blake, entrepreneur and investor
Jane Buckingham, chief executive of a boutique marketing company
Gordon Caplan, a lawyer and a co-chairman of the international law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher
I-Hsin “Joey” Chen, a provider of warehousing and related services for the shipping industry
Amy and Gregory Colburn. Gregory is a physician.
Robert Flaxman, chief executive of a Los Angeles-based real estate development firm
Mossimo Giannulli, fashion designer, and Lori Loughlin, actress
Elizabeth and Manuel Henriquez. Manuel was the founder, chairman and chief executive of Hercules Capital.
Douglas Hodge, former chief executive of Pimco, one of the world’s biggest bond fund managers
Felicity Huffman, actress
Agustin Huneeus, owner of vineyards in Napa, Calif.
Bruce and Davina Isackson. Bruce is the president of a real estate development firm.
Michelle Janavs, a former executive of a food manufacturer
Elisabeth Kimmel,owner of a media company
Marjorie Klapper, co-owner of a jewelry business
Toby MacFarlane, a former senior executive at a title insurance company
William E. McGlashan Jr., a senior executive at TPG, one of the world’s biggest private equity firms
Marci Palatella, chief executive of a liquor distributor
Peter Jan “P.J.” Sartorio, a packaged-food entrepreneur
Stephen Semprevivo, an executive at Cydcor, an outsourcing company
David Sidoo, president and chief executive of Advantage Lithium Corp., a lithium explorer and developer, and an executive at East West Petroleum Corp., an oil and gas company. Both are based in Canada.
Devin Sloane, founder and chief executive of Aquatecture, a drinking water and wastewater systems business
John Wilson, founder and chief executive of a private-equity and real estate development firm
Homayoun Zadeh, an associate professor of dentistry at U.S.C.
Robert Zangrillo, founder and chief executive of a Miami-based venture capital and real estate firm