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May 7, 2019
A California executive has pleaded guilty to charges that he paid $400,000 in bribes to get his son into Georgetown University. Stephen Semprevivo pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston federal court. He is the third parent to plead guilty in the vast college admissions bribery scheme. His attorney declined to comment.

BOSTON (AP) — A California executive has pleaded guilty to charges that he paid $400,000 in bribes to get his son into Georgetown University.

Stephen Semprevivo pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston federal court. He is the third parent to plead guilty in the vast college admissions bribery scheme.

Authorities say Semprevivo gave $400,000 to an admissions consultant who paid off then-Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst for pretending Semprevivo’s son was a team recruit.

Ernst has pleaded not guilty to accepting $2.7 million in bribes to designate at least 12 applicants as recruits.

Semprevivo is an executive at Agoura Hills-based Cydcor, which provides companies with outsourced sales teams.

Semprevivo’s attorney, Steven Boozang, declined to comment.

Actress Felicity Huffman is scheduled to plead guilty in the case Monday.