David Sidoo, of Vancouver, Canada, leaves following his federal court docket listening to Friday, March 15, 2019, in Boston. Sidoo pleaded not responsible to prices as a part of a wide-ranging school admissions bribery scandal. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe by way of AP) The Related Press
BOSTON (AP) — A Vancouver businessman pleaded not responsible Friday to paying $200,000 to have somebody take a school entrance examination instead of his two sons, and his attorneys mentioned he appears to be like ahead to contesting the costs in court docket.
David Sidoo appeared in federal court docket in Boston and was launched on a $1.5 million secured bond.
Sidoo, who additionally performed within the Canadian Soccer League, is one among 50 people charged in a sweeping school admissions dishonest rip-off introduced by Boston authorities this week.
At the least 9 athletic coaches at elite universities and 33 mother and father, lots of them outstanding in regulation, finance, style, the meals and beverage trade and different fields, have been charged, together with Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.
Authorities say the mother and father paid an admissions advisor to rig standardized take a look at scores and bribe school coaches and different insiders to get their youngsters into selective colleges.
The advisor, William “Rick” Singer, pleaded responsible to fraud and conspiracy prices in federal court docket Tuesday in Boston. Singer’s lawyer advised reporters that he plans to cooperate absolutely with prosecutors.
The previous crusing coach at Stanford College additionally pleaded responsible this week to accepting bribes to assist get college students into faculty by pretending they have been athletic recruits.
Prosecutors say Sidoo paid somebody to pose as his sons to get them increased scores on the SATs. He is additionally accused of hiring somebody to take a Canadian highschool commencement examination instead of his older son.
Sidoo is charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. The choose restricted his journey to the U.S. and Canada.
“He will be returning to his home in Canada and asks people not rush to judgment,” his legal professionals mentioned in a press release.
Benefit Lithium, a lithium exploration and growth firm, mentioned this week that Sidoo has taken a brief go away of absence from his function as president.
East West Petroleum Corp. additionally mentioned Sidoo is now not president and CEO of the corporate, however stays a director.
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