Vancouver businessman David Sidoo charged in U.S. college-entrance scandal

David Sidoo, a notable Vancouver businessman, philanthropist and mainstay figure in UBC’s athletics program, has been charged with conspiring to help students, including his own sons, cheat on college entrance exams in the United States over a period of eight years.Sidoo is accused of paying $200,000 to have someone take the SATs for his two sons in 2011 and 2012, the younger of whom ended up at the University of California-Berkeley.He was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud in U.S. federal court earlier this month.

In all, Sidoo is accused of helping the aspiring students cheat on their ACTs or SATs — standard college admissions tests in the U.S. — in instances where students’ wrong answers were replaced with correct ones. He’s also accused of hiring someone to “secretly” take the exams for students between 2011 and February 2019.Sidoo is one of 50 people, including two Hollywood actresses, recently charged by federal prosecutors in connection with a nationwide college admissions scheme to get students into some of the most elite schools in the U.S.

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