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Father linked to University of San Diego pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Posted at 2:15 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-24 17:15:40-04

(KGTV) - A Los Angeles real estate CEO accused of gaining preference for admission to University of San Diego for his children was one of three parents who pleaded guilty Friday in the college bribery scandal.

Robert Flaxman admitted in a Boston courtroom he agreed to pay Rick Singer, the head of a college admissions company, $75,000 to partake in the college entrance exam cheating scheme for his daughter.

Flaxman’s daughter, who was accepted to USD but did not attend, had a proctor to boost her ACT scores, prosecutors said.

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Under his plea agreement to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, Flaxman agreed to the government’s recommendation of a sentence at the low end of the guidelines sentencing range, one year of supervised release, a fine of $40,000, restitution, and forfeiture.

Prosecutors also alleged early in the investigation Singer doctored Flaxman’s son’s college essay and application and sent them to a USD varsity coach, later identified by the university as former basketball coach Lamont Smith .

Sixteen parents have pleaded guilty, including “Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman. She is due to be sentenced in September.

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Nineteen other parents are fighting the charges. They include actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli.

Associated Press contributed to this report.