âI know,â Wilson replied. “Negotiation on the supply side”.
Earlier in the appeal, Wilson and Singer discussed details of the alleged scheme, which prosecutors said involved parents paying cash bribes to Singer, who funneled some of the money to bribe college coaches and others for parents’ children to be falsely classified as athletic recruits, paving the way for admission to selective schools.
Lawyers for Wilson and his co-defendant Gamal Abdelaziz, 64, of Las Vegas, argue the men believed their payments were legitimate donations to schools, and that Singer, who pleaded guilty to related charges, kept it from them Corruption. The singer cooperated with authorities and recorded calls with parents at the request of the FBI.
Earlier on Tuesday, a senior admissions official at the University of Southern California told U.S. District Court in Boston that Abdelaziz’s daughter, who was believed to have been accepted on the basis of fake basketball accolades, remains enrolled in school.
Rebecca Chassin, USC’s assistant dean of undergraduate admissions, later confirmed to prosecutors that some USC students linked to the scandal had been expelled and others not, based on internal reviews to determine whether the students knowingly participated in the alleged scheme.
Abdelaziz, 64, a former Wynn Resorts executive, is accused of paying Singer $ 300,000 to help his daughter get accepted into USC as a hoopster, even though she failed to make it to his university team in high school.
Wilson, meanwhile, is accused of paying Singer more than $ 1.7 million between 2014 and 2018 to get his children into USC, Harvard University and Stanford University in as fake athletes.
Robert Sheketoff, lawyer for Gamal Abdelaziz, questioned Chassin strongly on Tuesday about the effect that donations from a family to USC can have on their child’s admission prospects. He refined what he described as the school’s so-called VIP program for applicants flagged for special consideration.
âThere’s a VIP program at USC, isn’t there? Sheketoff asked.
âThere is a process by which students of particular interest to campus voters will be vetted before their decisions are finalized,â Chassin said.
Additionally, Sheketoff asked Chassin about a meeting she had with Sabrina Abdelaziz after the scandal broke, when Sabrina visited her office. Chassin showed Sabrina her application file, which contained the fake sports references.
“She seemed surprised to you, didn’t she, when she looked at her file?” Sheketoff asked.
– Yes, said Chassin.
“And you certainly don’t know what Mr. Singer said to Mr. Abdelaziz during the time they knew each other,” Sheketoff said. Chassin replied that she had never met Singer.
Chassin was also questioned on Tuesday by Michael Kendall, an attorney for Wilson.
Kendall asked if the athletic subcommittee that evaluates athletic rookies had ever been aware of cash donations to the school by parents of rookies.
âIn general, again, sometimes we knew that there were students that other people around the university were interested in as well,â Chassin said, noting that the USC athletics subcommittee was meeting. focused “solely on the athletic talent of the student”.
Assistant US Attorney Stephen E. Frank asked during re-examination whether Wilson’s son Sabrina Abdelaziz and Johnny Wilson had been admitted to USC under any “VIP consideration”.
– No, said Chassin.
And Frank asked if it would be a problem for parents to pay “money for an insider to lie to the [athletic] subcommittee, of which you were a member, on the recruitment of athletes on the basis of “fake sports references”.
âYeah, that’s a huge problem,â said Chassin.
Jurors also saw emails Singer exchanged with Abdelaziz, seeking photos of her daughter to submit to USC along with her athletic profile, who falsely stated that she was a starting point guard and captain of her team. high school.
A July 2017 email from Singer to Abdelaziz included an attachment with the falsified sports profile of Abdelaziz’s daughter, but an FBI agent testified during cross-examination that there was no evidence that Abdelaziz had already answered or opened the attachment. Singer had sent it to an email address Abdelaziz no longer used.
The testimony resumed Thursday morning.