Gamal Abdelaziz, 64, and John Wilson, 62, are the first parents in the scheme to be convicted by a federal jury, Liz McCarthy, a spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office – District of Massachusetts, confirmed to CNN.
“The defendants in the case decided today were powerful and successful men. They and their families enjoyed privileges and opportunities that most of us can only imagine, yet they were willing to break the law — and the jury has now found that they did break the law — in order to guarantee an admission spot for their children in the school of their choosing,” Nathaniel R. Mendell, Acting US Attorney, said.
Four years earlier, Wilson agreed to pay $220,000 to facilitate his son’s admission to the same university as s purported water polo recruit, and in 2018 he “agreed to pay Singer an amount, ultimately totaling $1.5 million, to facilitate his twin daughters’ admissions to Stanford and Harvard as purported athletic recruits,” court documents say.
Abdelaziz was charged with “conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery.”
“What they did was an affront to hard working students and parents, but the verdict today proves that even these defendants — powerful and privileged people — are not above the law. They broke the law, and now they face the consequences,” Mendell added.
CNN has reached out to attorneys representing Wilson and Abdelaziz.
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