School scandal: David Sidoo pleads not responsible in Boston court docket


David Sidoo pleaded not responsible to a cost of fraud throughout a court docket look Friday in Boston.

Sidoo was arrested final week in California in reference to what the U.S. Division of Justice referred to as a “nationwide college admissions scam.” The Vancouver businessman, philanthropist and former CFL participant was charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, accused of paying $200,000 to have somebody take U.S. faculty entrance exams for his two sons in 2011 and 2012.

Sidoo was charged alongside dozens of different defendants, together with CEOs, Hollywood stars and U.S. college athletic coaches.

On Friday, Sidoo pleaded not responsible throughout an preliminary look in Boston district court docket earlier than Justice of the Peace Decide Jennifer C. Boal. He was launched on $1.5 million US secured bond and his journey has been restricted to the U.S. and Canada, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts.

Sidoo attended the looks with Las Vegas-based attorneys David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld, and Boston-based lawyer Martin Weinberg. He additionally introduced alongside a publicist, according to a local courts reporter.

His situations allowed him to return to Vancouver however he is not going to be allowed to journey outdoors of the U.S. or Canada. He should additionally not converse to anybody else charged within the admissions rip-off.

In the meantime, Sidoo has stepped down from his executive roles with a pair of Vancouver-based useful resource firms.

East West Petroleum Corp., a Vancouver-based oil and gasoline firm, issued a statement Thursday, mentioning the “authorized proceedings from the U.S. authorities.”

The identical day, Benefit Lithium Corp., a Vancouver-headquartered lithium explorer and developer, issued a press release saying Sidoo had “taken a short lived depart of absence” from his govt position as president of that firm.

The felony charge faced by Sidoo, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, “supplies for a sentence of no larger than 20 years in jail,” and a high-quality no larger than $250,000 or double the gross achieve or loss, stated Kristina Mastropasqua, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace in Massachusetts.

Penalties and potential sentencing on such convictions can differ extensively, and jail sentences on the higher finish of the utmost allowable restrict are uncommon, particularly for an offender with out a legal historical past.

However, Mastropasqua stated, “It’s potential conviction may lead to some jail time.”

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With information from Dan Fumano

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