03 Jun 2019
An accountant who once worked for the mastermind behind the U.S. college admissions cheating and bribery scandal has agreed to plead guilty and cooperate in the ongoing investigation, federal prosecutors said on Friday.
Steven Masera, who served as the financial officer for the business operated by California college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer, will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering, federal prosecutors in Boston said.
He is among 50 people who were charged in March with participating in a vast scheme in which wealthy parents conspired with Singer to use bribery and other forms of fraud to secure the admission of their children to top universities.
The investigation has resulted in charges against 33 parents including former “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who pleaded guilty on May 13, and “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin, who has pleaded not guilty.
No date has been set for Masera, 69, to plead guilty. His lawyer, David Thomas, declined to comment.
By Nate Raymond, Reuters, 31 May 2019
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