A former Georgetown University tennis director who pleaded guilty to receiving a bribe to help prospective students enroll in school last fall was sentenced to more than two years in prison on Friday, according to a US law firm in Massachusetts. Was sentenced to.
The 30-month ruling of Chevy Chase, Massachusetts and Falmouth, Massachusetts coach Gordon Ernst, 54, is the most paid-focused federal investigation to date, known as Operation Varsity Bruce. Expressed severe punishment. Bribery payments by wealthy parents to enroll their children in elite colleges.
“Mr. Ernst was one of the most prolific participants in deceiving college admissions,” US lawyer Rachel S. Rollins said in a statement. “He put a bribe of nearly $ 3.5 million directly into his pocket and sold nearly 20 slots in Georgetown to his top bidder.”
According to court documents, Mr Ernst was found guilty last fall, including plots to bribe federal programs and file false tax returns.
“Mr. Ernst is a major driver of this corruption in the college admission process, and the court ruling speaks a lot about the significance of his actions,” Rollins said in a statement.
I couldn’t ask Ernst’s lawyer for comment.
The shameful ex-tennis coach was first arrested in March 2019, along with more than four dozen coaches, parents and test center staff. Ernst pleaded guilty to receiving a bribe to nominate at least 12 students as new employees to the Georgetown Tennis Team between 2012 and 2018. According to court documents, some of these students did not play competitive tennis.
More than 50 people have been charged in connection with the scandal.
According to a statement from the Justice Department, Mr Ernst also did not report all income from the payment of these bribes to his federal income tax return. His ruling was one of the final episodes of the Varsity Blues scandal and raised new concerns about the college admission system, which often favors wealthy applicants.
Ernst worked with a person who said the prosecutor was the mastermind of the college admission plan. William Singer was by Rick, a private university counselor who provided wealthy families with a “side door” to top universities across the country. Like Mr. Ernst, it obscures the qualifications of university applicants. Singer, who began working with authorities in 2018, is one of the remaining four defendants in the undecided Varsity Bruce case. His hearing is scheduled for September.