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Solana Beach Man Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

Jeffrey Bizzack faces 9 months in prison after pleading guilty

A Solana Beach man has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in connection with the college admissions scandal.

Jeffrey M. Bizzack, 59, faces a sentence of 9 months with a year of supervised release along with a $75,000 fine, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office recommendation filed with the plea agreement.

Bizzack's son was accepted to USC in March 2018 as a student athlete following his father's $50,000 contribution to the USC Galen Center. 

The defendant is the latest charged with participating in the scheme, which authorities say involved rigging test scores and bribing coaches to get students into elite schools across the country. 

Bizzack began working with William "Rick" Singer in the summer of 2017 to get his son admitted to USC as an athletics recruit. 

He ultimately paid $250,000 as part of the agreement, according to court documents.

His lawyer, Seth Berman, told NBC 7 that Bizzack "voluntarily came forward to be accountable for his actions and accept responsibility." Berman said Bizzack deeply regrets his actions, which he said Bizzack's son knew nothing about. Bizzack also said he "will do his best to make up for this mistake and apologizes to USC and its hard-working students."

Singer pleaded guilty to a number of charges in March 2019 including racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the U.S. and obstruction of justice. His sentencing is scheduled for September. 

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