Professor Admits Guilt in Admissions Scandal
Professor Admits Guilt in Admissions Scandal

Homayoun Zadeh, an associate professor of dentistry at the University of Southern California, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of filing a false tax return for his role in the admissions scandal.

Under the terms of Zadeh’s plea agreement, the parties have agreed to a sentence, subject to the court’s approval, of six weeks in prison, one year of supervised release with 250 hours of community service and a fine of $20,000.

As set forth in the charging document, Zadeh agreed with William “Rick” Singer to pay $100,000 to facilitate the admission of Zadeh’s daughter to USC. Zadeh made installment payments toward that total to Singer’s purported charitable foundation, the Key Worldwide Foundation, and deducted the payments from his taxes as a purported gift to charity, despite knowing that they were not legitimate charitable contributions but were made in exchange for facilitating his daughter’s admission to USC.

He is the 31st parent to plead guilty in the case.

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