Another parent has been indicted in the college admissions cheating case which ensnared elites and other wealthy individuals such as actress Lori Loughlin.
Prosecutors recently announced that Amin C. Khoury, son of billionaire Amin J. Khoury, has been accused of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to Gordon Ernst, a coach at Georgetown University, to help his daughter get accepted as a tennis recruit.
Khoury, 54, who has homes in both Palm Beach, Florida, and Mashpee, Massachusetts, was indicted by a federal grand jury. He is the 57th person to be charged in the growing scandal surrounding college admissions.
Khoury has been charged with bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds, and conspiracy to commit mail fraud concerning programs receiving federal funds.
Allegedly, in 2014, Khoury agreed to pay Ernst $200,000 through a third party to accept his daughter as a recruit. Prosecutors allege that Khoury flew to Massachusetts, gave the third party $180,000, of which the third party kept $10,000 as a “fee”. Ernst then “continued to pursue Khoury” for the remaining $20,000.
According to the prosecutor’s statement, his daughter was accepted to Georgetown as a tennis recruit, despite the fact that her skills were “below that of a typical Georgetown tennis recruit.”
Nancy Sterling, a spokeswoman for Khoury, claims that he had nothing to do with the mastermind of the college admissions scheme, William “Rick” Singer, who has pleaded guilty and has been cooperating with federal investigators.
“There was no test or class cheating. His child’s college application was completely accurate and contained no misrepresentations about being a fake athlete or anything else. We look forward to this process to rebut the government’s claims,” Sterling said.