Federal prosecutors have dropped the majority of charges against Ex-Wynn Resorts Executive, Gamal Abdelaziz, after last month’s conviction was overturned.
Gamal Abdelaziz, executive of the Las Vegas hotel and casino branch, Wynn Resorts, was a key defendant in the infamous Varsity Blues scandal that shocked the world a few years ago
The former Wynn Resorts executive faced concerning allegations, as he allegedly paid $300,000 to put his daughter into a US University without the required athletic recognition.
In the latest news, the majority of charges against Abdelaziz were dropped by the federal prosecutors. The US District Court in Boston dropped all charges against, Abdelaziz and John Wilson, who was also involved in the scandal.
Prior to this week’s news, Gamal Abdelaziz was sentence to one year in prison and a huge fine of $250, 000 – as well as 400 hours of community service. He was also one of the few defendants to plead ‘not guilty’ and appeal the decision.
His Lawyer, Brian Kelly, said at the time: “Mr Abdelaziz has maintained his absolute innocence from day one and is enormously grateful that the appeals court has reversed his unfair conviction.”
Although Abdelaziz’s charges were dropped, there is still uncertainty surrounding the members who pleaded guilty in the scandal.
As the infamous scandal highlighted the issue of wealthy parents increasing donations to gain their children access to the best universities – despite having a lack of skills and qualifications.
However, after Abdelaziz’s appeal was successful, changes have been made to the US college admissions system. According to BettingSites.co.uk, USC, where Abdelaziz’s daughter was admitted, adapted their admissions service and created a new admissions committee.