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The Latest: Parent charged in college case to fight charges

March 29, 2019

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on court appearances for parents charged in a widespread college admissions scheme (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

A lawyer for a parent charged in a widespread college admissions scheme says the case against his client is not strong.

Former casino executive Gamal Abdelaziz was the first to appear before a federal magistrate judge in Boston on Friday. Fifteen parents were scheduled for initial appearances.

Abdelaziz is the former president of Wynn Macau and has also held leadership roles at Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts.

He didn’t make a statement in court, but defense lawyer Brian Kelly said his client intends to fight the charges.

Kelly requested permission for Abdelaziz to travel to Mexico on business next month. He says “this is a one-witness case” that relies on a “deeply compromised” witness.

Abdelaziz is among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.

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6:15 a.m.

More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are due in court.

They are expected to make initial appearances Friday in federal court in Boston.

They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.

Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin (LAWG’-lin) are charged in the case but are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. They have not publicly addressed the allegations.

On Thursday, former Yale University women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the case.

The admissions consultant at the center of the scheme has also pleaded guilty.

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5:40 a.m.

More than a dozen parents charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme are due in court.

They are expected to make initial appearances Friday in federal court in Boston.

They’re among 33 prominent parents charged in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.

Authorities say the parents paid an admission consultant to rig their children’s test scores and bribe coaches at sought-after schools.

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, who are charged in the case, are not scheduled to appear in court until next week. They have not publicly addressed the allegations.

On Thursday, former Yale University women’s soccer coach Rudy Meredith became the third person to plead guilty in the case.

The admissions consultant at the center of the scheme has also pleaded guilty.

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