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Vancouver man pleads not guilty to all charges in college admissions scandal

A Vancouver businessman has pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering for his alleged role in a college admissions scandal in the United States.

David Sidoo is alleged to have paid $200,000 US for someone to take the SAT on behalf of his sons

David Sidoo leaves following his federal court hearing on March 15, 2019, in Boston, Mass. Sidoo has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a probe into an alleged college admissions bribery scandal. (Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via The Associated Press)

A Vancouver businessman has pleaded not guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering for his alleged role in a college admissions scandal in the United States.

David Sidoo's lawyer Richard Schoenfeld says the plea was entered in writing after an indictment from the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts accused him of wiring about $100,000 in January 2013 from an account in Canada to an account in California.

The indictment alleges the money was in the name of college-prep company The Key, and meant to be in exchange for an admissions consultant's facilitation of a SAT cheating scheme for Sidoo's younger son.

Sidoo, a 59-year-old former Canadian Football League player and well-known philanthropist, had already pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud in connection with the scandal.

An indictment in March alleged Sidoo paid $200,000 in total for someone to take the SAT on behalf of both his sons, and that he also paid an undisclosed amount for someone to fly to Vancouver and take a high school graduation exam on behalf of his older son.

Sidoo is among 19 parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, who are facing the money-laundering charge in the new indictment April 9.
 

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