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Two Nevada Executives Charged in College Bribery Scheme

Conspiracy, Fraud Charges Filed in Sprawling Scam

March 12, 2019 - 12:15 pm
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Two Nevada residents are facing charges in part of a wide-ranging college admissions bribery scheme involving about 50 others, including coaches, parents and Hollywood actresses.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday named former casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz and media executive Elisabeth Kimmel with charges of conspiracy and fraud.

Prosecutors say in court documents that Abdelaziz paid $300,000 to get his daughter into the University of Southern California as a purported athletic recruit.

Prosecutors say Kimmel paid $525,000 in bribes to ensure her daughter's admission to Georgetown University and her son's admission to USC, also as purported athletic recruits.

Abdelaziz, a former Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts executive, did not have a publicly listed number where he could be reached for comment.

Kimmel did not immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment.

It's unclear if Kimmel or Abdelaziz has an attorney.