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Former CEO pleads guilty in U.S. college admissions scandal

Tue 2nd June, 2020 9:09pm
By Nate Raymond
    BOSTON, June 2 (Reuters) - The former chief executive of
ASGN Inc  ASGN.N  pleaded guilty on Tuesday to participating in
a vast U.S. college admissions fraud scheme by paying $300,000
to secure his son's admission to Georgetown University as a fake
tennis recruit.
    Peter Dameris, who resigned as the staffing and information
technology services provider's CEO last year after coming under
investigation in the college admissions scandal, appeared by
videoconference before a federal judge in Boston to enter his
plea.
    He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and
honest services mail fraud. Prosecutors agreed as part of a plea
deal to recommend that Dameris, 60, be sentenced to 21 months of
home confinement and a $95,000 fine.
    Dameris, of Pacific Palisades, California, is scheduled to
be sentenced on Oct. 5. His lawyer, Richard Crane, said Dameris
is "deeply apologetic."
    Dameris is among 55 people charged in connection with a
scheme in which wealthy parents conspired with a California
college admissions consultant to fraudulently secure their
children's admission to universities.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2D80IQ
    Consultant William "Rick" Singer pleaded guilty in March
2019 to facilitating cheating on college entrance exams and
using bribery to secure the admission of students to colleges as
fake athletic recruits.
    The 38 parents include "Desperate Housewives" actress
Felicity Huffman, who received a 14-day prison sentence, and
"Full House" co-star Lori Loughlin, who along with her fashion
designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, pleaded guilty last
month. urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N2D41AD
    Several college sports coaches have also faced charges,
including former Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst, who
prosecutors said accepted bribes from Singer to facilitate the
admission of students as purported tennis recruits.  urn:newsml:reuters.com:*:nL1N21C0O0
    Prosecutors said Dameris from 2015 to 2016 agreed to pay
Singer $300,000 to bribe Ernst to designate his son as a tennis
recruit, even though he did not play tennis competitively,
helping him secure admission to Georgetown in Washington, D.C.
    

 (Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; Editing by Peter Cooney)
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