Former West Hollywood School Director Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – The former head of a West Hollywood private school
where some parents had their children’s college entrance-exam scores fixed
pleaded guilty today in Boston in the college admissions case.

Igor Dvorskiy, director of the West Hollywood College Preparatory
School, pleaded guilty to a single federal count of conspiracy to commit
racketeering, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston.

The 53-year-old Sherman Oaks resident agreed to cooperate with the
government’s investigation and to testify in court if called. He also agreed to
forfeit $150,000.

This most recent development comes after dozens of parents and college athletic coaches were implicated in the 52-defendant nationwide bribery scandal back in March of 2019, in which wealthy parents paid Newport Beach businessman William “Rick” Singer thousands of dollars to have their children’s entrance-exam scores doctored.

In other cases, students were falsely admitted to elite universities as athletic recruits, even though they never had any experience in the sports for which they were being recruited. Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are facing long term prison sentences for their roles in the admissions scandal.

Dvorskiy admitted accepting bribes to help parents rig their children’s scores on SAT and ACT exams. Authorities say he received $10,000 per student while administering tests at the private elementary and high school.  

If prosecutors determine Dvorskiy’s cooperation has been useful, the
government will recommend a low-end sentence of a year on supervised release
and a fine when he is sentenced on Feb. 7, according to the terms of his plea
agreement.

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