Updated: College Admissions Bribery Scandal Hits California Wine Industry

Apr 8, 2019

(WS) - Federal prosecutors have announced that Agustin Huneeus Jr. will plead guilty in a case where he is accused of trying to get his daughter into USC through fraud and bribery.

Federal prosecutors announced today that 13 parents and one coach involved in the college admissions scam have agreed to plead guilty. Those parents include vintner Agustin Huneeus Jr., who recently stepped down from his position as CEO of Huneeus Vintners after he was arrested on March 12.

Huneeus Jr., 53, is one of 33 parents accused of trying to get their children into some of the nation's top universities through schemes of fraud and bribes. He was arrested in what the FBI dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues." He stands accused of paying $50,000 to college counselor William Singer to have a proctor improve his daughter's SAT score by correcting some of her answers. A criminal complaint filed by the FBI also alleges that Huneeus agreed to pay both Singer's foundation and a coach at the University of Southern California (USC) a total of $250,000 to secure his daughter a spot on the school's water polo team, even though she was not a top athlete and with the understanding she would not have to play.

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