Two wealthy fathers who were the first to face trial in the U.S. college admissions scandal were convicted on Friday (October 8) of charges that they corruptly tried to buy their children’s way into elite universities as phony athletic recruits.
A federal jury in Boston found former casino executive Gamal Aziz and private equity firm founder John Wilson guilty on all charges they faced related to their payment of hundreds of thousands of dollars to secure admissions spots for their kids.
The verdict followed 10-1/2 hours of jury deliberations and four weeks of trial in a case that exposed inequalities in higher education and the lengths wealthy parents would go to secure spots for their children at top schools.
The two are among 57 people charged over a scheme in which wealthy parents conspired with California college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer to fraudulently secure college placement for their children.
(Production: Mana Rabiee)