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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Former Director of West Hollywood Private School Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Case

BOSTON – The former director of a private elementary and high school in West Hollywood, Calif. pleaded guilty today in the college admissions case.

Igor Dvorskiy, 53, of Sherman Oaks, Calif., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering before U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani, who scheduled sentencing for Feb. 7, 2020. Dvorskiy is cooperating with the government’s investigation. According to the terms of the plea agreement, the government will recommend a sentence at the low end of the Sentencing Guidelines, one year of supervised release and a fine.

Dvorskiy administered the SAT and ACT exams at the private school in Los Angeles where he worked. In exchange for bribe payments directed to him by co-conspirator William “Rick” Singer – typically $10,000 per student – and in violation of his duty of honest services to the ACT and the College Board, Dvorskiy allowed another co-conspirator, typically Mark Riddell, to purport to proctor the ACT and SAT exams for the children of Singer’s clients, and to replace exam answers with corrected answers. Dvorskiy then returned the falsified exams to the ACT and College Board for scoring. Singer and Riddell previously pleaded guilty and are also cooperating with the government’s investigation.

Case information, including the status of each defendant, charging documents and plea agreements are available here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/investigations-college-admissions-and-testing-bribery-scheme.           

The charge of racketeering conspiracy provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater, and restitution. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric S. Rosen, Justin D. O’Connell, Leslie A. Wright and Kristen A. Kearney of Lelling’s Securities and Financial Fraud Unit are prosecuting the cases.

The details contained in the court documents are allegations and the remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Updated November 13, 2019