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Investigations of College Admissions and Testing Bribery Scheme

Dozens of individuals allegedly 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 Sentencing 

William Rick SINGER

19-CR-10078- RWZ

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

10/23/2019 at 2:00 pm – Telephone Conference with J. Zobel

3/12/2019 - The defendant pled guilty and agreed to cooperate with the government's investigation. The defendant has been released on conditions. 
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, three years of supervised release, a fine and forfeiture

Rudolph “Rudy” MEREDITH

19-CR-10075- MLW

Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services wire fraud; honest services wire fraud

3/28/2019 - The defendant pled guilty and agreed to cooperate with the government's investigation. The defendant has been released on conditions. There is no sentencing hearing scheduled at this time.

Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, three years of supervised release, a fine and forfeiture

Mark RIDDELL

19-CR-10074-NMG

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

11/1/2019 at 11:00 am - Sentencing hearing before Judge Gorton.

4/12/2019 - The defendant pled guilty to all counts. The defendant has been released on conditions.

Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, three years of supervised release, a fine, forfeiture and restitution

John VANDEMOER

19-cr-10079-RWZ

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

6/12/2019  - Defendant sentenced by Judge Zobel to one day incarceration (deemed served), two years of supervised release with the first six months to be served in home detention, and a $10,000 fine.

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

Sentence: One day incarceration (deemed served), two years of supervised release with the first six months to be served in home detention, and a $10,000 fine

Government Recommendation pursuant to the sentencing memo: 13 months in prison and one year of supervised release

Charged by Information - 1:19-cr-10117
Gregory ABBOTT Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

10/8/19 at 2:30 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

5/22/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: one year and one day in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $55,000, forfeiture and restitution
Marcia ABBOTT Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

10/8/19 at 2:30 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

5/22/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: one year and one day in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $55,000, forfeiture and restitution
Jane BUCKINGHAM Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

10/23/19 at 2:30 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

5/24/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release, a fine of $40,000, forfeiture and restitution
Gordon CAPLAN Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

10/3/19 at 2:30 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

5/21/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release, a fine of $40,000, forfeiture and restitution
Robert FLAXMAN Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

10/18/19 at 2:30 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

5/24/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release, a fine of $40,000, forfeiture and restitution
Felicity HUFFMAN Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

9/13/19 at 2:30 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

5/13/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release, a fine of $20,000, forfeiture and restitution
Agustin HUNEEUS Jr. Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

10/4/19 at 2:30 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

5/21/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: 15 months in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $95,000, forfeiture and restitution
Marjorie KLAPPER Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

10/16/19 at 2:30 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

5/24/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information.

Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release, a fine of $20,000, forfeiture and restitution
Peter Jan SARTORIO Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

10/11/19 at 2:30 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

5/22/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release, a fine of $9,500, forfeiture and restitution
Stephen SEMPREVIVO Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

9/11/19 at 2:30 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

5/7/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: 18 months in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $95,000, forfeiture and restitution
Devin SLOANE Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

9/10/19 at 2:30 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

5/13/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: one year and one day in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $75,000, forfeiture and restitution
Charged by Information - 1:19-cr-10115
Davina ISACKSON Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

11/8/19 at 2:00 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Saris.

5/1/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information and agreed to cooperate with the government's investigation.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release, a fine of $100,000, forfeiture and restitution
Bruce ISACKSON Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud; money laundering conspiracy; and conspiracy to defraud the United States

11/8/19 at 2:00 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Saris.

5/1/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information and agreed to cooperate with the government's investigation.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release, a fine of $150,000, restitution of $139,509 to the IRS, and forfeiture
Charged by Information -19-cr-10131
Toby MACFARLANE Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

11/13/19 at 3:00 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Gorton.

6/21/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information.

Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: 15 months in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $95,000, forfeiture and restitution
Charged by Information - 19-cr-10222-DPW
Jeffrey BIZZACK Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

10/30/19 at 12:00 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Woodlock.

7/24/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to an Information.

Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: nine months in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $75,000, and restitution
Charged by Information - 1:19-cr-10116
Michael CENTER Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

10/30/19 at 2:00 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Stearns.

4/24/2019 – Defendant pled guilty to Information.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release, a fine, forfeiture and restitution
Charged by Indictment - 19-CR-10081-IT
Defendant Charges Case Status  

Igor DVORSKIY

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

10/01/19 at 2:15 pm – Status conference. Defendant is not required to attend.

3/25/2019 - Defendant arraigned in federal court in Boston and pled not guilty. Defendant was released on conditions, including bond and restricted travel.

 

Gordon ERNST

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

10/01/19 at 2:15 pm – Status conference. Defendant is not required to attend.

 

William FERGUSON

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

10/01/19 at 2:15 pm – Status conference. Defendant is not required to attend.

3/25/2019 - Defendant arraigned in federal court in Boston and pled not guilty. Defendant was released on conditions, including bond and restricted travel.

 

Martin FOX

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

10/01/19 at 2:15 pm – Status conference. Defendant is not required to attend.

3/25/2019 - Defendant arraigned in federal court in Boston and pled not guilty. Defendant was released on conditions, including bond and restricted travel.

 

Donna HEINEL

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

10/01/19 at 2:15 pm – Status conference. Defendant is not required to attend.

3/25/2019 - Defendant arraigned in federal court in Boston and pled not guilty. Defendant was released on conditions, including bond and restricted travel.

 

Laura JANKE

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

10/17/19 at 2:30 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

5/14/2019 – Defendant pled and will cooperate with the government’s investigation.
Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release, a fine, forfeiture and restitution

Ali KHOSROSHAHIN

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

10/25/19 at 2:15 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

6/27/19– Defendant pled guilty and will cooperate with the government’s investigation.

Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release, a fine, forfeiture and restitution

Steven MASERA

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

10/22/19 at 2:15 pm – Sentencing hearing scheduled before Judge Talwani.

6/27/19 – Defendant pled guilty and will cooperate with the government’s investigation.

Government Recommendation pursuant to the plea agreement: incarceration at the low end of the Guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release, a fine, forfeiture and restitution

Jorge SALCEDO

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

10/01/19 at 2:15 pm – Status conference. Defendant is not required to attend.

3/25/2019 - Defendant arraigned in federal court in Boston and pled not guilty. Defendant was released on conditions, including bond and restricted travel.

 

Mikaela SANFORD

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

10/01/19 at 2:15 pm – Status conference. Defendant is not required to attend.

3/25/2019 - Defendant arraigned in federal court in Boston and pled not guilty. Defendant was released on conditions, including bond and restricted travel.

 

Jovan VAVIC

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

10/01/19 at 2:15 pm – Status conference. Defendant is not required to attend.

3/25/2019 - Defendant arraigned in federal court in Boston and pled not guilty. Defendant was released on conditions, including bond and restricted travel.

 

Niki WILLIAMS

19-CR-10081- IT

Conspiracy to commit racketeering

10/01/19 at 2:15 pm – Status conference. Defendant is not required to attend.

3/25/2019 - Defendant arraigned in federal court in Boston and pled not guilty. Defendant was released on conditions, including bond and restricted travel.

 
Charged by Indictment - 1-19-cr-10080
Defendant Charges Case Status  
David SIDOO

Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud; money laundering conspiracy

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 
Amy COLBURN Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud; money laundering conspiracy

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/15/2019 - Defendant files motion to dismiss indictment.

 
Gregory COLBURN Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud; money laundering conspiracy

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/15/2019 - Defendant files motion to dismiss indictment.

 

Gamal ABDELAZIZ

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty.

 

Diane BLAKE

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 

Todd BLAKE

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 

I-Hsin “Joey” CHEN

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 

Mossimo GIANNULLI

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

8/27/19 at 3:00 pm – Rule 44 hearing before Magistrate Judge Kelley.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 

Elizabeth HENRIQUEZ

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 

Manuel HENRIQUEZ

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 

Douglas HODGE

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty.

 

Michelle JANAVS

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 

Elisabeth KIMMEL

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 

Lori LOUGHLIN

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

8/27/19 at 3:00 pm – Rule 44 hearing before Magistrate Judge Kelley.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 

William McGLASHAN

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 

Marci PALATELLA

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 

John WILSON

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 

Homayoun ZADEH

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 

Robert ZANGRILLO

 

Conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering

10/02/19 at 2:15 pm - Status conference.  Defendant is not required to attend.

4/29/2019 – Defendant represented by counsel at arraignment and enters a plea of not guilty

 
Updated August 12, 2019

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