PACIFIC PALISADES—The 54th parent charged in the college admission scandal will plead guilty to the use of bribery and fraud in order to secure his son’s acceptance into Georgetown University, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.
According to a U.S. Department of Justice press release, Peter Dameris, 60, of Pacific Palisades agreed to pay $300,000 to William “Rick” Singer’s charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation knowing the funds would be used to for his son’s Georgetown admission. Dameris is now the 25th parent out 54 people who have been charged in the admission scandal to plead guilty.
Singer is an admissions consultant who falsely improved students’ standardized tests and presented students as athletes as a means of acceptance. He previously pleaded guilty and has been co-operative during the authorities investigation.
Singer and Dameris initially met for the first time in 2015 for Dameris’ son to pose as a tennis player for Georgetown University. According to prosecutors, Dameris’ son does not play tennis and once his son was accepted, Dameris made the $300,000 donation to Singer’s charity.
The plea agreement comes after actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli pleaded guilty in the admission scandal, nicknamed “Operation Varsity Blues” by prosecutors. Loughlin and Ginanulli allegedly bribed athletic coaches to secure her daughters’ acceptance to USC through the rowing team. Neither of their daughters are rowers and they are no longer enrolled in USC.
In Dameris’ plea agreement, it states he will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The government is recommending a sentence of 21 months of home confinement, a fine of $95,000, and restitution.
The maximum sentence for conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud is 20 years, three years of supervised releases, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater.
In an email statement sent to The Washington Post, Dameris’ attorney wrote:
“My client takes full responsibility for his actions,” and “He is deeply apologetic to the hard working student-athletes that may have been affected. He is also deeply remorseful for the pain and embarrassment his actions caused his son and family, who had no knowledge of his actions with the Key World Foundation.”