United States: Two arrested in $1.5m Harvard fencing team bribery scandal

A former Harvard fencing coach and a wealthy Maryland businessman were arrested on Monday, on accusations that the coach accepted $1.5m in bribes in exchange for helping the businessman get his two sons into the Ivy League school as fencers.

Peter Brand, 67, who was fired by Harvard last year, and Jie “Jack” Zhao, 61, of Potomac, Maryland, face a charge of conspiracy to commit federal programs bribery.

The case is separate from Operation Varsity Blues, a recent college admissions scandal in which an admissions consultant ran a scheme to get students into top universities with rigged test scores or fake athletic credentials. But the allegations are similar.

The original full article can be found at theguardian.com

(Photo: Brian Snyder/Reuters)

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