LOS ANGELES – A Chinese man has been arrested in Spain and charged with major factor in a $ 400,000 college admissions scandal to ensure her son is accepted at UCLA as a fake football player, reported by federal authorities in Boston Tuesday.
Xiaoning Sui, a Chinese citizen and resident of British Columbia, was arrested by Spanish authorities Monday night, according to the Massachusetts Attorney's Office seeking Sui's extradition. Suey, the 35th parent to be indicted in a college admissions scandal, has been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit fraud and honest mail services.
To secure her son's place at UCLA, prosecutors say Swey turned to William Rick Singer, a college admissions consultant at Newport Beach, who earlier this year admitted to overseeing the sprawling decade a scheme that scams some of the country's most selective universities with fake college exams, fake profile picks, and six-figure bribes for coaches and college administrators.
48-year-old Sui paid Singer $ 400,000 for her son to be accepted at UCLA as a hired football player, though the boy did not play the sport competitively, according to an indictment returned by a grand jury in March. The prosecution is sealed until Sui's arrest. The Los Angeles Times reported on Sui's alleged deal with Singer last month.
It was not clear on Tuesday whether Sui retained a lawyer.
The indictment sets out Sui's alleged deal with Singer, beginning in August 2018, when Singer discusses with a college recruiter in Sarasota, Florida, how much it would cost Sui to secure his son's admission to several universities. "Through bribery. "
The recruiter, described as owning a business that coincides with high school tennis players with college coaches, was not named in the indictment, but several people familiar with the case identify him as Scott Treble.
Probably a former tennis college coach and former administrator at IMG Academy, did not respond to requests for comment. He has not been charged in the case. Singer pleaded guilty to four crimes and is awaiting sentencing.
Singer, probably Sui and a Chinese translator had a conference call in August 2018, the prosecution said Singer told Swee he would have to write his son's request "in a special way" to ensure his admission to UCLA. Until then, federal agents have been recording phone calls to Singer for months.
Singer told Sui to put $ 400,000 in an escrow account that would hold the money until her son was admitted to UCLA, according to the prosecution. He said her son didn't know anything was happening, the indictment said.
Two weeks later, Sui sent photos of his son playing tennis to Trebli, who forwarded them to Singer, the indictment said. Singer then sends them to Laura Yankee, a former assistant football coach at the University of Southern California, who tells her, "This young man will be a Vancouver football player for UCLA."
Yankee pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering and allowed to produce dozens of fake dialing profiles for the children of Singer's clients.
Janke created one such profile for Sui's son, according to the prosecution, supplemented by pictures of a different football player and fake achievements that describe the boy as "the top player in two private soccer clubs in Canada."
Singer sent recruitment profiles and transcripts to Jorge Salcedo, UCLA's head men's football coach at the time, prosecutors said. Salcedo transcribed the transcripts to "UCLA athletics administrators to handle hiring (Sui's son) as a UCLA football player," the indictment says.
"The UCLA Admissions Office typically allocates a number of admission sites to each head coach for recruiting highly qualified athletes," prosecutors wrote in the indictment. "Being on UCLA's list of head coaches for hired athletes greatly increases the candidate's chances of being accepted."
Salcedo was indicted in March, accused of facilitating a similar deal in 2016. Prosecutors say Singer paid him $ 100,000 to misrepresent the daughter of a wealthy San Francisco Bay couple, Bruce and Davina Isaacson as a football rookie. The couple pleaded guilty earlier this year and admitted their daughter did not play football.
Salcedo pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering. His lawyer did not respond to a request for comment.
In another conference with Trevable, Sui and an interpreter, Singer told Sui to give him $ 100,000, which he explained would be paid to the "UCLA men's soccer coach directly" in English, the indictment says .
The translator told Sui on the charge: "Your son was admitted to this school through the UCLA football team. That $ 100,000 is transferred directly to this football coach. So even though your son is a tennis player because he has a place on the football team, so the football team takes your son. "
" Okay, "Swee said according to the prosecution.
By then, Singer had been detained and was cooperating with federal authorities.
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Salkedo $ 000 and Ali Horosshahin, a former USC women's football coach who helped settle the deal with Salkedo, prosecutors said, Horosshahin pleaded guilty in June to conspiracy to commit racketeering.
UCLA approved Sui's son to be hired as a football player with a 25% athletic scholarship, the indictment says. may intend to play football at UCLA in November 2018. In February, his mother made Singer $ 300,000, according to the charge.
Todd Tamberg, a UCLA spokesman, said in a statement that the school was taking "immediate corrective action" after Salkedo and 49 others were charged in connection with Singer's scheme in March.Tamberg said he was prevented by law and school policy from discussing the specifics of Sui's case, but added that UCLA "may cancel the admission scholarship offer and athletics of every student accepted or to fire any recruiter Isan student found to have misrepresented their application. "
UCLA is not aware of other" currently enrolled student-athletes "that are being investigated by federal prosecutors, said Tamberg.
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