G. “Jack”, Zhao, 61, and Peter Brand, 67, were arrested on Monday and charged with conspiracy to bribe federal programs for alleged settlement, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Massachusetts said.
US Attorney Andrew E. “This case is part of our long-standing effort to uncover and eliminate corruption in college admissions,” Lilling said. “Millions of teenagers strive for college admission every year. We will do our game to create the level of sports that we can.”
A lawyer for Zhao denied the allegations in an email on Monday.
Attorney Bill Weinreb said in a statement, “Jack Zhao’s children were high school and internationally competitive fencers who gained admission to Harvard based on their qualifications.” “Both of them committed to Harvard at Division One level during their college careers. Mr. Zhao strongly denied these charges and would vigorously counter them in court.”
Allegedly how the scheme worked
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The complaint alleges that Zhao made a series of $ 1.5 million payments for branding in which Coach Zhao’s two sons were recruited into the fencing team, which led to their acceptance to the prestigious university.
According to the complaint, in May 2012, Jack said that there was no need to take me and his boys anywhere. “All I need to recruit is a good incentive[.] You can tell him[.]”
Prosecutors say that in February 2013, Zhao allegedly made a $ 1 million donation to a fencing charity run by a co-conspirator. The plaintiffs say Zhao’s older son was admitted to Harvard in December 2013 and matriculated at the university in the fall of 2014, and shortly after, the conspirator’s fencing charity raised the brand’s charitable foundation for $ 100,000. Paid.
As the brand recruited Zhao’s younger son, the businessman made a series of payments to the brand for his personal gain, prosecutors say. The plaintiffs say Zhao allegedly paid for the brand’s car, paid college tuition for the brand’s son, on the need for the brand’s home, paid the mortgage in Massachusetts, and then above market value. Bought a house for.
The payments allowed the brand to purchase a more expensive residence in nearby Cambridge that Zhao again paid to complain. Zhao’s younger son started attending Harvard in 2017, and the complaint alleges that the brand did not tell the university about the payment at the time of recruiting sons.
Following the sale of their Needham home, the brand purchased a condominium in Cambridge. Documents obtained by CNN show that the Cambridge property was originally listed for $ 989,000 – $ 500 less than Zhao paid Neidhouse’s house. The brand purchased the Cambridge condo for about $ 300,000 for the asking price.
CNN’s Augusta Anthony contributed to this report.