Parent charged in college bribery scheme pleads guilty
BOSTON (AP) — A California entrepreneur accused of paying $250,000 to get his son into the University of Southern California has pleaded guilty to a federal charge.
Jeffrey Bizzack entered the plea to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in Boston’s federal court Wednesday.
Authorities say the 59-year-old who has worked in the tech and surfing industries paid $250,000 to get his son admitted as a fake volleyball recruit. His son was accepted in 2018. Bizzack’s lawyers have said his son did not know about the arrangement.
Prosecutors are recommending nine months in prison and a $75,000 fine. Sentencing is scheduled for October.
Bizzack, of Solana Beach, California, is the 51st person charged in a sweeping scheme that involved rigging test scores and bribing coaches to get students into elite schools.