A former UCLA men’s soccer coach admitted that he was a part of a college admissions cheating scheme as he did accept $200,000 in bribes, according to the federal prosecutors.
Jorge Salcedo, 47, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy according to the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts, that is to commit racketeering. He had earlier resigned in March from the University of California, Los Angeles.
He was accused of accepting the bribes as he took to helping two students who were admitted to UCLA as purported soccer recruits. This was all a part of a scheme that was orchestrated by William “Rick” Singer.
Salcedo created a fake backstory with one student stressing on the fact that he learned a couple’s daughter through a club team coach, according to prosecutors.
There was also another instance where he falsely claimed to have seen the son of another Singer’s client, giving a tough competition in China. This was not the case in reality as the son in no way played competitively.
The student was admitted to the University as a student-athlete. Moreover, an email was also sent from an attorney requesting him to list a few things. However, the response was not received immediately until Monday night.
According to prosecutors, Salcedo agreed to plead guilty in April wherein the acceptance of the plea deal is scheduled for November 24, as it had been put off until sentencing, as reported by the US attorney’s office.
In addition to that, at the low end of sentencing guidelines, the prosecutors will be recommending a sentence of incarceration, a fine and restitution, one year of supervised release, and the forfeiture of $200,000, according to the plea argument.
Not only has Salcedo worked with the singers but has also shared contacts with the former head of women’s soccer at the University of Southern California, Ali Khosroshahin, according to the prosecutors.