Ex-UCLA Coach Sentenced To 8 Months In Prison For College Admissions Scam

Written by on March 20, 2021

BOSTON (AP) — A former College of California, Los Angeles males’s soccer coach was sentenced to eight months behind bars Friday for pocketing $200,000 in bribes to assist candidates get into the varsity as bogus athletic recruits.

Jorge Salcedo advised the decide that he joined within the faculty admissions bribery scheme as a result of he was determined for money after shopping for a home his household couldn’t afford. Salcedo stated he takes full duty for his actions which have destroyed the life he knew.

“I’m a special man than I used to be two years in the past and I’ll by no means make choices like this once more,” Salcedo stated throughout a listening to held by way of videoconference.

Salcedo’s is likely one of the longest sentences which have been handed down to date within the case dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” which in 2019 uncovered a scheme to get rich dad and mom’ children into elite universities with faux athletic credentials or bogus check scores.

U.S. District Decide Indira Talwani advised Salcedo he selected “what gave the impression to be the straightforward path” to repair his monetary woes, including that “it invitations the logic that if this hadn’t been stopped it will have continued.”

The admissions guide on the heart of the scheme paid Salcedo $100,000 to assist a California couple, Bruce and Davina Isackson, get their daughter into UCLA as a bogus soccer recruit, authorities say. Salcedo satisfied girls’s coaches to recruit her and created a coverup story when faculty compliance officers questioned her soccer background, prosecutors stated.

The Isacksons have additionally pleaded responsible.

Salcedo took one other $100,000 bribe from the guide, Rick Singer, to recruit the son of Xiaoning Sui, of Surrey, British Columbia, to his crew, authorities stated. Salcedo submitted paperwork awarding him a 25% scholarship as a result of he knew scholarship recruits acquired much less scrutiny, authorities stated.

Sui was sentenced to time served final yr after spending 5 months in a Spanish jail following her arrest.

Singer, who has additionally pleaded responsible, recorded his telephone calls with dad and mom and coaches and is predicted to be the star witness for the prosecution in any instances that go to trial.

Salcedo tried to get one other scholar in as a recruit, however the scholar ended up going to a special faculty, prosecutors stated.

Prosecutors had requested for 18 months behind bars, noting that Salcedo pocketed the $200,000 for himself — relatively than his crew — and engaged within the scheme a number of occasions.

“Mr. Salcedo has demonstrated that he’s a perpetual cheat,” Assistant U.S. Lawyer Kristen Kearney stated.

Salcedo is the third coach sentenced to date within the case. Michael Heart, who was a tennis coach on the College of Texas at Austin, obtained six months whereas ex-Stanford crusing coach John Vandemoer obtained at some point in jail which he was deemed to have already served.

Greater than 40 folks within the case have pleaded responsible, together with TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin in addition to Loughlin’s dressmaker husband, Mossimo Giannulli. The sentences for the dad and mom have ranged from a few weeks to 9 months.

Giannulli is scheduled to be launched from jail in April after serving 5 months behind bars for paying half one million {dollars} to get his daughters into the College of Southern California. Loughlin served two months and Huffman served two weeks. Huffman pleaded responsible to paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s entrance examination rating.

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