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Former San Diego media executive appears in court for college admission scheme

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Posted at 8:35 PM, Mar 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-18 23:35:39-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A former San Diego media executive accused of paying large sums of money to get her children into USC and Georgetown appeared in court Monday.

A federal judge in San Diego ordered Elisabeth Kimmel to give up her passport and granted her $500,000 signature bond.

Signature bond allows a person to sign a document promising to show up in court.

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Kimmel was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud earlier in March.

According to court documents, Kimmel paid $450,000 to various organizations in exchange the admission of her two children.

Kimmel reportedly participated in the admissions scheme by conspiring to use bribery to get her daughter into Georgetown as a tennis recruit and her son into USC as a track recruit for pole vaulting.

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In 2017, Kimmel’s daughter graduated from Georgetown.