By Dana Sanchez
A Maryland businessman and a former Harvard University fencing coach have been arrested on bribery charges for their role in a college admission scam involving rich parents of applicants offering bribes to get their privileged children into desirable universities.
Jie “Jack” Zhao, the CEO of telecom company iTalk Global Communications, allegedly paid Peter Brand, Harvard’s former fencing coach, at least $1.5 million in bribes, CNN reported. The bribes included payments for a house and car to get Zhao’s sons admitted to the Ivy League university, federal prosecutors said Monday in a criminal complaint.
The college admission scandals first came to light in March 2019 and have resulted in charges and arrests of wealthy parents who paid to cheat on their children’s behalf on standardized tests, bribed sports coaches and lied about the payments.
Celebrities Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among the Hollywood stars brought down for paying bribes so their children could get into elite schools. The abuse highlights the unfairness of the admission system at Ivy League and other schools.
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