A former Yale soccer coach is one of the latest prominent figures in the school admissions scandal. Per ESPN, Rudy Meredith pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his acceptance of hundreds of thousands in bribe money.
Reports say the 51-year-old acquired a total of $860,000 from a California-based admissions counselor named William "Rick" Singer by allegedly recruiting students who had little to no experience playing sports in efforts to gain admission.
Singer allegedly paid coaches from schools like Yale, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Last April, Meredith was caught on surveillance footage receiving $450,000 from the father of a high school student in a Boston hotel room. The FBI confronted him shortly after he collected $2,000 in cash that day and a $4,000 wire transfer the following week.
The once-esteemed women's soccer trainer pleaded guilty to charges of wire fraud in federal court on Thursday. Meredith's involvement could cost him a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and considerable fines. He has already paid $300,000 of the $860,000 he received from Singer.
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According to BuzzFeed, the scandal led to an unidentified female student losing admission into Yale. Singer was reportedly given $1.2 million to get her into school. Meredith was paid a $400,000 check to claim the girl was a prominent soccer player.
Her offer was “rescinded" by the school when it discovered the endorsement was false.
"Yale investigated the allegations, and the admission of the student who received a fraudulent endorsement has been rescinded," the school said in a statement.
As Blavity previously reported, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and Fuller House actress Lori Loughlin were a part of a widespread admission scandal involving 33 parents. Top universities like Georgetown and Stanford were targeted in what is known as the largest college admissions scam to date.
Involved parties are accused of paying between $200K and $6 million to get their children into prestigious schools.
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