David Sidoo pleads guilty in U.S. college admissions scam

Sidoo likely to have his Order of British Columbia withdrawn; also, the name ‘The Sidoo Field’ at UBC’s Thunderbird Stadium is expected to be removed

AS had been announced by the US Attorney, District of Massachusetts, on Wednesday, Vancouver businessman David (Dave) Sidoo , a former Canadian Football League player, pleaded guilty on Friday in the U.S. college admissions scandal in the U.S. federal court in Boston.

Sidoo pleaded guilty to a mail fraud conspiracy charge. The plea deal is for Sidoo to serve 90 days in prison and pay a $250,000 fine. But it must be approved by the judge.

According to a news report, Sidoo only answered questions from the judge about the plea agreement. His lawyer, Martin Weinberg, did not comment after the hearing. Sidoo is scheduled to be sentenced in July.

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, 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 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Now, Sidoo is likely to have many honours withdrawn.


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Vancouver businessman Dave Sidoo arrested in largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by US Justice Department