Former San Diegan and owner of KFMB-TV indicted in college bribery scandal
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two Nevada residents are facing charges in part of a wide-ranging college admissions bribery scheme involving about 50 others, including coaches, parents and Hollywood actresses.
Federal prosecutors on Tuesday named former casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz and former owner of KFMB-TV (San Diego) Elisabeth Kimmel with charges of conspiracy and fraud.
Prosecutors say in court documents that Abdelaziz paid $300,000 to get his daughter into the University of Southern California as a purported athletic recruit.
Prosecutors say Kimmel paid $525,000 in bribes to ensure her daughter’s admission to Georgetown University and her son’s admission to USC, also as purported athletic recruits.
Abdelaziz, a former Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts executive, did not have a publicly listed number where he could be reached for comment.
Kimmel did not immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment.
It’s unclear if Kimmel or Abdelaziz has an attorney.