Prominent local college coaches are among those the United States Justice Department indicted Tuesday in Boston on racketeering-conspiracy charges related to college-admissions bribery.
The case centers upon California businessman William Rick Singer, who took $25 million in bribes from parents in exchange for helping them gain acceptance to elite colleges and universities around the country between 2011 and February 2019, according to The Associated Press. Singer allegedly paid college coaches to present applicants to their respective admissions boards as recruited athletes in order to boost their chances of admissions,, regardless of their ability or experience in the sport.
Law360’s Aaron Leibowitz lists other coaches named in the indictment.
Court documents claim former Georgetown tennis head coach Gordon Ernst lived in Falmouth, Mass., and Maryland during the time period the indictment covers.
Former Yale women’s soccer coach Rudolph “Rudy” Meredith was named one of Singer’s co-conspirators and was charged with two counts of wire fraud. Meredith pleaded guilty and was instrumental in helping authorities build their cases against others, according to the AP.
Meredith, Yale’s winningest women’s soccer coach, resigned last November after 24 years at the school. Yahoo Sports’ Dan Wetzel shared an image Tuesday of some of allegations against Meredith.
Actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin also are among the 40-plus people the Justice department charged.
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