The Varsity Blues dominoes continue to fall.
Former USC soccer coach Laura Janke, outside a Boston federal courthouse on March 25, pleaded guilty yesterday to a racketeering conspiracy charge.
Janke, 36, admitted to conspiring with Newport Beach scam artist William “Rick” Singer to slip the children of wealthy and powerful families through Singer’s so-called “side door”. Singer traded six-figure bribes for fake athlete-admissions to some of the nation’s finest schools.
She was reportedly a key figure in Singer’s operation, will be sentenced Oct. 17, and is hoping to avoid an incarceration stay of 27 months or longer by cooperating heavily with the authorities. Janke is the 11th defendant to plead guilty out of 50 charged in the “Varsity Blues” scandal.
Janke had left USC by 2014 but continued to be involved in Singer’s scheme until 2019, Most recently, she was employed as the Director of Girls Soccer at the Geffen Academy at UCLA, a Bruin-affiliated college prep school.
She is one of five former coaches or administrators at USC to be charged in the nationwide college admissions scam, but the first to plead guilty.
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