Dave Sidoo to plead guilty in U.S. college admissions scam

Sidoo likely to have many honours withdrawn

“David Sidoo, parent in college admissions case, set to plead guilty on 3/13/20 at 11:00 a.m. in federal court in Boston in connection with the #CollegeAdmissionsScandal” – tweet from US Attorney, District of Massachusetts

VANCOUVER businessman David (Dave) Sidoo , a former Canadian Football League player, is set to plead guilty in the U.S. college admissions scandal on March 13 at 11 a.m. in the U.S. federal court in Boston, according to a tweet from the District of Massachusetts’ U.S. Attorney on Wednesday.

Last March, Sidoo was accused of paying William ‘Rick’ Singer, who prosecutors say was behind the scheme to help wealthy families get their children’s entrance to prestigious U.S. schools, to have Mark Riddell write SATs for his sons in 2011 and 2012, besides a high school graduation exam. The older son got admission to a private university in California. The younger son went to the University of California-Berkeley.

Sidoo will plead guilty to paying US$200,000 to have someone take the college entrance exams in place of his sons as part of the admissions cheating scheme, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

Sidoo is scheduled to plead to a mail and wire fraud conspiracy charge.

Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a sentence of 90 days in prison and a fine of $250,000, according to court documents, reports a news agency.

SIDOO, who was appointed to the Order of British Columbia in 2016, is a highly successful businessman, a leading philanthropist and a highly decorated athlete. He is one of the few who have been inducted into the UBC Sports Hall of Fame, the BC Football Hall of Fame and now, the BC Sports Hall of Fame.

He captained UBC to the university’s first Vanier Cup national championship in 1982 and played six seasons in the Canadian Football League CFL (1983-89) with Saskatchewan Roughriders and BC Lions.

Sidoo also resurrected the high school football program in New Westminster Secondary. He has invested millions of dollars in youth sport across British Columbia, including the Canada Basketball Foundation skills camps, supporting Olympic athletes in training and youth sports scholarships. The Sidoo Field at Thunderbird Stadium is named in his honour.

Now, Sidoo is likely to have many honours withdrawn.

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