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BOSTON (Reuters) - A former University of Southern California assistant women’s soccer coach has agreed to plead guilty to engaging in a racketeering scheme in which she accepted bribes to help wealthy parents get their children into the school as part of the largest college admissions scandal in U.S. history.
She becomes the 20th person to agree to plead guilty to participating in the more than $25 million fraud, where parents including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were accused of using bribes to win their children spots at universities that also included Yale and Georgetown.
Laura Janke, who worked at USC until 2014, has agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiring to commit racketeering, according to a plea agreement filed in federal court in Boston on Tuesday.
Prosecutors have charged 50 people, including 33 parents, with playing a role in the scheme. “Full House” star Loughlin has pleaded not guilty, while “Desperate Housewives” actress Huffman is due to plead guilty on May 21.
The fraud involved phony test-takers and doctored photos presenting non-athletic children as star athletes, prosecutors said.
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