Mother charged in connection with US college admissions scandal

Former UCLA men’s soccer coach Jorge Salcedo resigned from his position in March after allegedly accepting bribes to admit students as recruited athletes despite having never played the sport competitively

Sui, the 35th parent to be charged in the college admissions scandal, has been indicted on one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. She is being detained in Spain but the Department of Justice notes that authorities plan to extradite her to Boston.

Three months later, Sui allegedly wired another US$300,000 to Singer's foundation, as a final payment.

The indictment, which was unsealed on Tuesday in federal court, details how Sui allegedly agreed to pay the college admissions scandal's alleged ringleader Rick Singer $400,000 to have her son be pitched as a soccer recruit to UCLA to gain admission to the school.

With the help of Singer's co-conspirators, including the head coach of the University of California, Los Angeles's soccer team, Sui's son was then fraudulently admitted to the university as a soccer recruit. Sui allegedly wired the first instalment of $100,000 USA to a bank account in MA after giving her son's transcripts to Singer between August and October 2018, along with photos of her son playing tennis. The indictment was sealed until Sui's arrest.

Two days later, prosecutors said, "Sui allegedly wired $100,000 to a bank account in MA in the name of Singer's sham charitable organization, the Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF)".

Janke, who pleaded guilty, is cooperating with the government's Varsity Blues investigation, authorities said.

The college admissions scam, which rocked academia - and no small number of nervous parents across America who wondered if they'd also crossed the line - now involves a total of 52 defendants, including test-center personnel, college athletic coaches and Singer's staff, in addition to the parents.

Salcedo has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering.

UCLA admitted Sui's son, who was not named, as a soccer player on the university's team. The couple pleaded guilty earlier this year and admitted their daughter didn't play soccer.

Other high-profile parents charged in the case include Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. She was sentenced last week to 14 days in prison, 250 hours of community service and a $30,000 fine.



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