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Investigations of College Admissions and Testing Bribery Scheme

Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston. Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated, as well as parents and exam administrators. 

Individuals who have questions or inquiries about this case may send an email to the following address:  USAMA.VictimAssistance@usdoj.gov

Below is a list of the defendants. The charging documents are attached at the bottom of this page. 

Charged by Information
Defendant Charges Case Status

William Rick SINGER

Docket 19-CR-10078- RWZ

Racketeering conspiracy; money laundering conspiracy; conspiracy to defraud US; obstruction of justice 

3/12/2019 - The defendant pled guilty to all counts. 

6/19/2019-  Sentencing is scheduled for 2:00 PM in courtroom 12 before Judge Zobel. The defendant has been released on a $500,000 unsecured bond.

Rudolph “Rudy” MEREDITH

Docket 19-CR-10075- MLW

Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services wire fraud; honest services wire fraud 3/28/2019 at 2:30 pm - Waiver of Indictment and Plea to Informaition hearing before Judge Mark L. Wolf.

Mark RIDDELL

19-CR-10074-NMG

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering 4/12/2019 at 2:30 pm - Waiver of Indictment and Plea to Information hearing in Courtroom 4 before Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton

John VANDEMOER

Docket: 19-cr-10079-RWZ

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

3/12/2019 - The defendant pled guilty to all counts. The defendant has been released on personal recognizance.

6/12/2019 at 2:00 pm - Sentencing is scheduled in courtroom 12 before Judge Zobel.

Charged by Indictment
Defendant Charges Case Status

Igor DVORSKIY

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering 3/25/2019 at 2:30 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston 

Gordon ERNST

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

3/12/2019 - The defendant was arrested and released on conditions, including $200,000 bond. 

3/25/2019 at 2:30 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston 

William FERGUSON

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering 3/25/2019 at 2:30 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston 

Martin FOX

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering 3/25/2019 at 2:30 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston 

Donna HEINEL

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering 3/25/2019 at 2:30 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston 

Laura JANKE

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering 3/25/2019 at 2:30 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston 

Ali KHOSROSHAHIN

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering 3/25/2019 at 2:30 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston 

Steven MASERA

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering 3/25/2019 at 2:30 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston 

Jorge SALCEDO

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering 3/25/2019 at 2:30 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston 

Mikaela SANFORD

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering 3/25/2019 at 2:30 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston 

David SIDOO

19-CR-10080- NMG

Conspracy to commit mail and wire fraud

The defendant made his initial appearance in the Northern District of California and was released on conditions.

3/15/2019 - The defendant was arraigned in federal court in Boston and released on conditions, including $1.5 million secured bond and restricted travel.

Jovan VAVIC

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering 3/25/2019 at 2:30 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston 

Niki WILLIAMS

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering 3/25/2019 at 2:30 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston 
Charged by Complaint
Defendant Charges Case Status

Gregory ABBOTT

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

The defendant made his initial appearance in the Southern District of New York and was released on $500,000 bond.

3/29/19 at 12:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Marcia ABBOTT

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

The defendant made her initial appearance in federal court in Grand Junction, CO. 

3/29/19 at 12:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Gamal ABDELAZIZ

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

The defendant made his initial appearance in the District of Nevada and was released on personal recognizance. 

3/29/19 at 12:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Diane BLAKE

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 4:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Todd BLAKE

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 4:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Jane BUCKINGHAM

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 12:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Gordon CAPLAN

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

The defendant made his initial appearance and was released on $500,000 bond.

4/3/2019 at 2:30 - initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Michael CENTER

19-mj-06065-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/28/2019 at 3:30 pm - The Initial appearance date was rescheduled by the court.  Federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley, Courtroom 24.

I-Hsin “Joey” CHEN

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 12:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Amy COLBURN

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 4:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Gregory COLBURN

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 4:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Robert FLAXMAN

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 4/3/2019 at 2:30 - initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Mossimo GIANNULLI

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

The defendant made his initial appearance in the Central District of California and was released on $1 million bail secured by his residence.

4/3/2019 at 2:30 - initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Elizabeth HENRIQUEZ

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

The defendant self-surrendered on 3/12, appeared in federal court and was released on $500,000 bond. 

3/29/2019 at 2:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Manuel HENRIQUEZ

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

The defendant self-surrendered on 3/12, appeared in federal court and was released on $500,000 bond. 

3/29/2019 at 2:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Douglas HODGE

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/13/2019 - The defendant appeared in federal court in Boston and was released on conditions including $500,000 secured bond. 

Felicity HUFFMAN

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

The defendant made her initial appearance in federal court in California and was released on $250,000 bond.

4/3/2019 at 2:30 - initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Agustin HUNEEUS, Jr. 

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 2:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Bruce ISACKSON

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 4:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Davina ISACKSON

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/18/19 - The defendant appeared in federal court in Boston and was released on conditions, including $1 million secured bond.  

Michelle JANAVS

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 2:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Elisabeth KIMMEL

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 4/3/2019 at 2:30 - initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Marjorie KLAPPER

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 4:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Lori LOUGHLIN

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 4/3/2019 at 2:30 - initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Toby MACFARLANE

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 2:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

William McGLASHAN

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 4:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Marci PALATELLA

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 4:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Peter Jan SARTORIO

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 4/3/2019 at 2:30 - initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Stephen SEMPREVIVO

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

3/13/2019 - Appeared in federal court in Los Angeles. 

3/29/2019 at 2:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Devin SLOANE

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 4/03/2019 at 2:30 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

John WILSON

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 2:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Homayoun ZADEH

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 4/3/2019 at 2:30 - initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.

Robert ZANGRILLO

19-mj-06087-MPK

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud 3/29/2019 at 4:00 pm - Initial appearance in federal court in Boston before Judge M. Page Kelley.
Updated March 22, 2019

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