Associate in college admissions scheme agrees to plead guilty

Mikaela Sanford will plead guilty on Sept. 17; accused of taking online classes for students to bolster college applications

A former associate to the alleged mastermind behind the sweeping college admissions scandal has agreed to plead guilty for her involvement in the scheme, which implicated dozens of wealthy and famous parents, federal prosecutors recently announced.

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Mikaela Sanford will plead guilty on September 17 to charges in connection with allegations that she took online classes for students while working for William “Rick” Singer’s company, Key Worldwide, officials announced Friday.

According to the allegations made by prosecutors, students would then submit the grades she earned in their names as part of their application packages to colleges and universities.

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Sanford also allegedly helped create fake athletic profiles and other bogus documents to bolster college applications by making the students appear to be highly accomplished high school athletes when they were not.

The 34-year-old Folsom, Calif., resident will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering, prosecutors said in a press release on Friday.

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As part of the plea deal, the government will recommend one year of supervised release, a fine, the forfeiture of more than $67,000 and restitution.

Singer has also pleaded guilty.

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The scandal also embroiled more than 50 parents, including some Hollywood bigwigs, such as “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman. Nearly 30 parents, including Loughlin and Huffman, have admitted their guilt so far.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.