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SportEx-Yale coach expected to plead guilty in bribery scheme

12:51  28 march  2019
12:51  28 march  2019 Source:   ap.org

Executive gave tip that launched admissions bribery case

Executive gave tip that launched admissions bribery case BOSTON — The biggest school admissions scandal ever prosecuted began with a tip from an executive investigators were targeting in a securities fraud probe, a law enforcement official said Thursday. The executive told Boston authorities chasing down the market manipulation scheme that the women's soccer coach at Yale University said he would label the executive's daughter as a recruit in exchange for cash, the official said. The official was not authorized to discuss the case and spoke on the condition of anonymity. Investigators recorded a meeting between the executive and the coach at a Boston hotel room in April 2018.

The former women's soccer coach at Yale University is expected to plead guilty Thursday to taking bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were recruits

FILE - In a September 2016 file photo, Yale 's women's head soccer coach Rudy Meredith gives pointers to players during a scrimmage in Ocala, Fla. Meredith is expected to plead guilty in federal court, Thursday, March 28, 2019, to taking bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were athletic

Ex-Yale coach expected to plead guilty in bribery scheme© The Associated Press FILE - In a September 2016 file photo, Yale's women's head soccer coach Rudy Meredith gives pointers to players during a scrimmage in Ocala, Fla. Meredith is expected to plead guilty in federal court, Thursday, March 28, 2019, to taking bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were athletic recruits. (Doug Engle/Star-Banner via AP, File)

BOSTON — The former women's soccer coach at Yale University is expected to plead guilty Thursday to taking bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were recruits to boost their chances of getting into the school.

Rudy Meredith was a key figure in the investigation into the wide-ranging school admissions scandal in which authorities say parents paid an admissions consultant to rig their children's test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.

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BOSTON (AP) — The former women's soccer coach at Yale University is expected to plead guilty Thursday to taking bribes in exchange for pretending FILE - In a September 2016 file photo, Yale 's women's head soccer coach Rudy Meredith gives pointers to players during a scrimmage in Ocala, Fla.

FILE - In a September 2016 file photo, Yale 's women's head soccer coach Rudy Meredith gives pointers to players during a scrimmage in Ocala, Fla. Meredith is expected to plead guilty in federal court, Thursday, March 28, 2019, to taking bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were athletic

Meredith began cooperating with the FBI last year after investigators set up a sting in a Boston hotel room and caught him soliciting a $450,000 bribe from a parent. He led authorities to Rick Singer, the consultant at the center of the scheme, who later agreed to work with investigators and record his conversations with parents.

Meredith, who faces wire fraud charges, and his attorneys haven't returned messages.

The FBI's investigation into the admissions scheme began after an executive that was under investigation in Boston for securities fraud told authorities that Meredith offered to designate the executive's daughter as a recruit in exchange for cash, a law enforcement official has said. The official was not authorized to discuss the case and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

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(Star-Banner via AP). BOSTON (AP) — The former women’s soccer coach at Yale University is expected to plead guilty Thursday to taking bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were recruits to boost their chances of getting into the school.

In April 2018, the executive and Meredith met in a Boston hotel room that was bugged by the FBI. During the meeting, authorities say the coach told the father he would help his daughter get into Yale in exchange for $450,000. The executive gave Meredith $2,000 in cash in the hotel room, and another $4,000 was wired to Meredith from a bank account controlled by the FBI, according to court documents.

Authorities also say Meredith also accepted a $400,000 bribe months earlier to get another applicant admitted as a recruit even though he knew she didn't play competitive soccer.

Prosecutors say the consultant, Singer, sent Meredith a fake athletic profile that described the student as the co-captain of a prominent club soccer team in southern California. The applicant's relatives paid Singer about $1.2 million, officials say.

Yale said on Monday that it has rescinded the admission of a student linked to the bribery scandal. The school has said it believes Meredith gave "fraudulent athletic endorsements" for only two applicants. The other was denied admission despite Meredith's endorsement, the school said.

Singer has pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy.

Several others have pleaded not guilty , including tennis coach Gordon Ernst who's accused of getting $2.7 million in bribes to designate at least 12 applicants as recruits to Georgetown and was the personal tennis coach for former first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters.

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