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After Varsity Blues Guilty Verdicts on Wilson and Abdelaziz USC Heinel To Plead 37 Months

By Matthew Russell Lee, Patreon Podcast
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FEDERAL COURT, Nov 5 – In the first of the Varsity Blues college admissions bribery cases to come to trial, on September 14 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts Bruce Isackson, who pled guilty, was cross examined. Inner City Press live tweeted it here (podcast here)

On October 8, both Gamal Abdelaziz and John Wilson have been found guilty by the jury after some 10 hours of deliberation, on conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit bribery involving a school that receives federal funds, USC, and aiding and abetting in fraud and bribery and filing a false tax return.    Gamal Abdelaziz is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 17, Wilson on Feb. 16.

In November, the next Varsity Blues trial was canceled:  former USC official Donna Heinel is pleading guilty. The US Attorney's Office is to   recommend a sentence between 37 and 46 months in prison.

From October 6: Jury Trial Day 19 as to Gamal Abdelaziz, John Wilson held on 10/6/2021. Closing arguments by the Government. Closing arguments by Defendant Abdelaziz. Closing arguments by Defendant Wilson. Rebuttal by Government. Jury Trial Day 20 to resume at 9:00 AM on 10/7/21 with the charge to the Jury. (Attorneys present: Kelly, Sharp, Sheketoff, Maynard, Stearns, Kearney, Wright, Frank, Tomback, Papenhausen, Kendall.)

From September 14: Abdelaziz's lawyer shows that Isackson never met his client. Now playing audio "that the prosecutor skipped over yesterday, it starts on page 65"

On tape, Ryan: Hi mom, I'm just here with Rick & Dad. "Maybe one of the B's can become an A... And he's got soccer."

Ryan: My favorite was probably UCLA... What did you like about it? Ryan: It's a big community, they have good sports there, it would be fun to go to games. Bruce Isackson: His sister goes there, so everything's comfortable.  Ryan: I went to USC with Audrey

 Abdelaziz's lawyer: He's not using his threatening tone there, is he? Bruce Isackson: He is not. Rick (on audio) - If you could be a practice player --

Abdelaziz's lawyer: He wasn't sucking your son into a crime, was he? Bruce Isackson: I don't understand Inner City Press @innercitypress · 1h Abdelaziz's lawyer: You enjoy sports, don't you? Bruce Isackson: I'm a fan.

Abdelaziz's lawyer: And teams use practice players, right? Bruce Isackson: I suppose.  Audio Rick: If I call Jorge, and he's a practice player, it's his whole life, just school and soccer

 Abdelaziz's lawyer: Did you use the word 'scheme' when you talked with the agents?

Bruce Isackson: I think so. Abdelaziz's lawyer: Do you think that is reflected in any of the notes? Return to audio, transcript Page 70: Ryan: UCLA is like in a better location.

Abdelaziz's lawyer: You don't know what a man from Nevada was thinking, do you? Bruce Isackson: A man from Nevada? Abdelaziz's lawyer: My client. You're not a mind reader, are you? Bruce Isackson: No, I am not.

 Cross-examination ends with Isackson acknowledging his 37 month guidelines sentence unless he cooperates like this. AUSA objected to "what the government will do," but judge overruled it. 

On September 13, there was Isackson's direct examinatoin by the AUSA. Inner City Press live tweeted, here:

Isackson  says he paid Rick Singer $250,000 for his daughter Audrew to get into USC as a crew (rowing) recruit. All that was required was a head shot.

Now shown in court: Dec 15, 2017 email from Rick Singer to Audrey Isackson, Bruce and Davina, and "Steve Masera at , "please keep this hush hush til late March."

Bruce Isackson says Singer promised him a "controlled environment" for testing for Audrey. All he had to show was that she needed more time to process questions.

AUSA: What would happen there? Isackson: The proctor would change the score.

Bruce Isackson: Audrey said she thought she'd done well on her own. Then Rick said, excuse me, She did sh*t.

 AUSA: What score did she get on the ACT?

Bruce Isackson: A 31. We paid $100,000 to the Key Worldwide Foundation, then to Rick and the proctor.

AUSA: Did you take a tax write off?

Isackson: Yes.

AUSA: Did you do it again for your son?

Isackson: Yes. We'd use the same process with Rick.

AUSA: So your son Ryan was going to get into USC as a soccer player. Did he play soccer?

Isackson: Yes.

AUSA: Did he play at a level to be recruited to USC?

Isackson. No. Not even close.

AUSA: Did Rick Singer claim to be a part owner of the Sacramento Kings?

Isackson: He did.

AUSA: Did you believe him?

Isackson: No....

The case is US  v. GAMAL ABDELAZIZ et al., 19-10080-NMG (MAD)


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