• Varsity Blues April 25, 2022 12:11 pm

    Former Staples Exec Appeals Conviction in ‘Varsity Blues' Case

    A Massachusetts business executive who was sentenced to 15 months in prison in the sprawling college admissions cheating scandal appealed his conviction on Monday, arguing that he believed he was making legitimate donations to get his three children into elite universities. John Wilson, 62, was convicted on a range of fraud and bribery charges after a jury trial last year….

  • Varsity Blues October 8, 2021 12:12 pm

    2 Parents Convicted in 1st Trial of College Bribery Scandal

    Two wealthy parents were convicted Friday of buying their kids’ way into school as athletic recruits in the first case to go to trial in the college admissions cheating scandal that embroiled prestigious universities across the country. Gamal Abdelaziz, a former casino executive, and John Wilson, a former Staples Inc. executive, were found guilty after about 10 hours of deliberations…

  • Varsity Blues September 13, 2021 4:20 pm

    1st Trial in ‘Varsity Blues' College Admissions Scandal Gets Underway

    The first trial in the college admissions bribery scandal opened Monday with defense attorneys seeking to portray the two parents accused of buying their kids’ way into school as victims of a con man who believed their payments were legitimate donations. Defense attorneys said former casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz and former Staples and Gap Inc. executive John Wilson never discussed…

  • Varsity Blues September 8, 2021 5:31 am

    ‘Varsity Blues' Trial Promises Fresh Insights in Old Scandal

    The first trial in the “Operation Varsity Blues” college admissions bribery scandal begins this week, with the potential to shed light on investigators’ tactics and brighten the spotlight on a secretive school selection process many have long complained is rigged to favor the rich.

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