Wilson pursued a similar deal in 2018 for his twin daughters, whom he hoped to see matriculate at Stanford or Harvard, prosecutors say. Pressed by Singer -- who by that point was cooperating with the government -- to commit $1.2 million, Wilson's firm wired $500,000 to Singer's foundation in October 2018, the indictment says.
"It's a $500k donation I am going to make this year," Wilson wrote to his assistant in an email, according to the indictment. "Tax write off and help getting into colleges."
His firm wired another $500,000 two months later.
Several of Singer's clients deducted similar payments from their tax bills, according to charging documents filed in the case. Elisabeth Kimmel, charged with conspiring to have her children admitted to Georgetown and USC as phony athletes, wrote off $275,000 that her family's charity paid to Singer's foundation, according to an affidavit filed in federal court. The wife of Homayoun Zadeh, a dentistry professor, asked Singer to furnish them with a tax receipt for a $25,000 donation, the affidavit says.
Zadeh has been charged with conspiring to commit fraud, bribery and money laundering to have his daughter admitted to USC -- where he chaired the periodontology department -- as a fake lacrosse player. Kimmel and Zadeh have pleaded not guilty.
USC, meanwhile, parted ways Tuesday with three top officials in the athletic department: Steve Lopes, its chief operating and financial officer; Ron Orr, who led fundraising efforts; and Scott Jacobson, who also worked in fundraising.
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