California dentist pleads not guilty in college admissions scandal


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Ventura, Calif.-based dentist and University of Southern California associate professor Homayoun Zadeh, DDS, pleaded not guilty to conspiring to launder money and commit fraud in the nationwide college admissions scandal, according to the VC Star.

Court documents indicate Dr. Zadeh waived his right to appear in court for arraignment. The dentist is among 15 other parents who were indicted by a federal grand jury. Charges include funneling money through a purported charity.

Federal prosecutors claim Dr. Zadeh paid William "Rick" Singer, the CEO of a for-profit college counseling business, more than $100,000 to get his daughter into Los Angeles-based USC as a lacrosse recruit. Dr. Zadeh is accused of using "falsified athletic credentials," the VC Star reports.

Each of Dr. Zadeh's conspiracy charges carry a maximum of 20 years in prison.

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