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The Latest: Man charged in college scheme appears in court

March 12, 2019

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on two Nevadans charged in a college bribery scheme (all times local):

4:50 p.m.

One of the two Nevada residents charged in a wide-ranging college admissions bribery scheme made an initial court appearance Tuesday.

Federal court records show former casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz appeared before a judge Tuesday afternoon in law enforcement custody and wearing leg restraints.

He did not enter a plea and was released and ordered to appear before a judge in Boston on March 29.

Court records show he told the judge he will hire a lawyer in Massachusetts.

Prosecutors say in court documents that Abdelaziz paid $300,000 to get his daughter into the University of Southern California as a purported athletic recruit.

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11:30 a.m.

Two Nevada residents are facing charges in part of a wide-ranging college admissions bribery scheme involving about 50 others, including coaches, parents and Hollywood actresses.

Federal prosecutors on Tuesday named former casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz and media executive Elisabeth Kimmel with charges of conspiracy and fraud.

Prosecutors say in court documents that Abdelaziz paid $300,000 to get his daughter into the University of Southern California as a purported athletic recruit.

Prosecutors say Kimmel paid $525,000 in bribes to ensure her daughter’s admission to Georgetown University and her son’s admission to USC, also as purported athletic recruits.

Abdelaziz, a former Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts executive, did not have a publicly listed number where he could be reached for comment.

Kimmel did not immediately respond to a telephone message seeking comment.

It’s unclear if Kimmel or Abdelaziz has an attorney.

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