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The Latest: Cooperating parents plead guilty in college scam

Bruce Isackson Bruce Isackson | Photo: AP.

May 01, 2019 11:52 AM

BOSTON (AP) — The Latest on the college admissions scandal that has ensnared prominent parents and coaches at elite universities (all times local):

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A California couple have pleaded guilty to taking part in the college admissions bribery scheme.

Bruce and Davina Isackson, of Hillsborough, pleaded guilty Wednesday in Boston federal court. They left the courthouse without commenting.

The Isacksons are the first parents in the case to plead guilty. They are the only parents who have agreed to cooperate with investigators and testify against others if asked.

They are accused of paying $600,000 to get their daughters into the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Authorities say the Isacksons paid to rig the entrance exam score for one of their daughters and get both girls admitted to school as fake athletic recruits.

Twelve other parents have agreed to plead guilty.

They include "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman, who will appear in court May 13.

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Parents and coaches cooperating with investigators in the college admissions bribery scandal could spell trouble for those still fighting the charges and lead investigators to new targets.

Since authorities arrested dozens of parents and coaches in March, former coaches at the universities of Texas at Austin and Southern California have signed cooperation agreements.

A couple who agreed to plead guilty to paying $600,000 in bribes to get their daughters into two California schools also recently revealed they are working with investigators.

They could be key witnesses in cases against other defendants.

Former federal prosecutor Bradley Simon says their cooperation also likely means there will be a new wave of indictments.

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