USC parent and former food executive pleads guilty in admissions scandal

first_imgJanav’s daughter submitted the falsified ACT test scores to USC in Fall 2018 as part of her application. In response to a request for comment, USC directed the Daily Trojan to an informational page on its website last updated Aug. 12.  Former California food executive Michelle Janavs pleaded guilty Monday on charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and money laundering for her participation in Operation Varsity Blues. Unlike other students anonymously referenced in the investigation, Janavs’ daughter had played competitive volleyball in high school, but she hadn’t played beach volleyball competitively. The fake recruiting profile, presented by former associate athletic director Donna Heinel to an admissions committee, falsely stated she won several beach volleyball tournaments in California.  Her younger daughter took the exam with Dvorskiy in February 2019 at the West Hollywood Test Center and Janavs wired her first payment of $25,000 to a Boston account in the name of Singer’s Key Worldwide Foundation.  So far, Agustin Huneeus, a prominent Napa Valley winemaker who paid $250,000 to have his daughter admitted to USC as a fake water polo recruit, has received the highest sentence of any parent to plead guilty for involvement in the scandal. Huneeus was sentenced to five months in prison, two years of supervised release and 500 hours of community service. He will also be required to pay a $100,000 fine.  Janavs and the other 18 parents, including actress Lori Loughlin, who chose to maintain innocence were additionally charged with money laundering in April and now face pressure from federal prosecutors who warned that they could be charged with committing federal program bribery as soon as next week, according to the Los Angeles Times. “The only thing is [my younger daughter] is not like [my older daughter] … She’s not stupid,” Janavs said in a phone call with Singer. “So if I said to her, ‘Well, we’re going to take it up at [Singer’s]’ she’s going to wonder why.”  Janavs’ daughter had received a conditional acceptance letter to USC in October 2018. During a January call with Janavs, Singer said a beach volleyball coach approached Heinel about Janavs’ daughter’s spot on the roster. If the coach approached Janavs about her daughter, Singer instructed her to say her daughter would be practicing at tournaments throughout the summer to prepare for the season, according to documents from the FBI investigation.  “The University is conducting a full review of the matter and continues to cooperate with the U.S. Justice Department’s investigation,” the page read.center_img Janavs, a Newport Beach resident, is accused of paying $300,000 to have her daughter admitted to USC as a beach volleyball recruit and of fixing her daughter’s ACT test scores.  Janavs will be sentenced Feb. 25.  To alter the entrance exam, Janavs paid two installments of $50,000 to the Key Worldwide Foundation, Singer’s fake charity, some of which was also distributed to the test proctor and Igor Dvorskiy, the director of the West Hollywood College Preparatory School. According to a press release from the District of Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s Office, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud can lead to a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the resulting gain or loss. Meanwhile, conspiracy to commit money laundering can result in a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $500,000 or twice the value of the property involved.  Janavs is one of three parents who chose to come forward on a guilty plea Monday after refusing a deal to plead guilty on a charge of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud in April.  In August 2017,  Janavs forwarded correspondence to William “Rick” Singer, who ran the college admissions scheme, indicating that her daughter was approved for extended time on the ACT to which he replied, “Awesome news. It works.” In October 2017, Janavs’ daughter took the ACT at the West Hollywood Test Center, one of the main test centers involved in the admissions scandal. She received a score of 32 out of 36 on the entrance exam.  Janavs also approached Singer in November 2018 to discuss paying for her younger daughter to take the ACT with Dvorskiy in Los Angeles. Janavs worried that her second daughter, who was studying in hopes of receiving a 34 or higher out of 36, might question why she had to travel to take the test.   Janavs’ legal team did not respond to requests for comment in time for publication.last_img read more

3 things Dino Babers said: ‘Don’t bet the house’ on Syracuse beating Clemson, Cordell Hudson and the bye week

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Dino Babers addressed the media at his weekly press conference on Monday ahead of Syracuse’s (4-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) matchup with No. 3 Clemson (8-0, 4-0) Saturday at 3:30 p.m in Death Valley. It was the first time Babers spoke since last Wednesday’s Atlantic Coast Conference teleconference — his only media availability during the Orange’s bye week.Here are three things Babers said.‘Don’t bet the house’ on Syracuse winningBabers described Clemson as “different” from any football team he’s seen. He said the Tigers have no weaknesses, are extremely talented and have a lot of guys that will be millionaires some day.Clemson is undefeated, boasts the 11th best scoring defense in the country and the 26th best scoring offense. The Tigers won the ACC championship last year and lost in the national championship game to Alabama.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBabers said Syracuse would have to play its best game for a shot at a win, Clemson would have to play “not its best game,” and the Orange would need to get several bounces to roll its way.“Then maybe, maybe we get a chance,” Babers said. “Maybe. But don’t bet the house on it, brother.”Bye week and this week’s scheduleBabers opened his press conference running through what the Orange staff and players did during the bye week last week and its schedule for the current week. Here’s what he noted.Syracuse held early practices on Monday and Tuesday at around 6 a.m. following the win over Boston College. Then the players had off through Saturday.“We still wanted to practice the underbelly of the team,” Babers said, “get our threes and twos a lot better, but at the same time we have to get our ones healthy because we’re playing games from the beginning all the way to the end.”The assistant coaches spent the week recruiting, reviewing film of Clemson while they were on the road. Babers went to Texas A&M on Thursday to watch his daughter play volleyball.The coaching staff reconvened on Saturday and started putting together the game plan for Clemson on Sunday. They’ll finish it up tonight.Practice resumed on Sunday with Monday as the normal day off. The players will practice Tuesday through Thursday before the team flies to South Carolina Friday night.Cordell Hudson is not out for the seasonStarting cornerback Cordell Hudson has missed the last two games because of injury. He was notably missing from the pre-Clemson depth chart released Monday.Babers said Hudson is “not a guy that’s out for the entire year.”“It’s a medical thing,” Babers said. “It obviously has to do with when he feels better. … We don’t want to put people back in until they absolutely feel like they’re ready to go. And when the medical people give us the clearance, he’ll be back in.”Redshirt freshman Christopher Fredrick has started in Hudson’s place while he’s been out. Comments Published on October 31, 2016 at 1:14 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more