Obama family tennis coach charged in college admissions scheme

Source: Washington Examiner | March 13, 2019 | Caitlin Yilek

A tennis instructor for former first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters, Malia and Sasha, was among dozens of people indicted by federal authorities in a college admissions scandal announced Tuesday.

Gordon Ernst, who previously served as a tennis coach at Georgetown University before becoming the women’s tennis coach at the University of Rhode Island, is accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering while he was employed at the Washington, D.C., school.

There is no suggestion in the indictment that the Obamas have been implicated in the scheme.

Prosecutors allege Gordon accepted more than $2.7 million in bribes between 2012 and 2018 to put at least 12 students on the Georgetown tennis teams, including students who did not play the sport competitively, according to the indictment.

The bribes were paid to Ernst through the nonprofit Key Worldwide Foundation founded by William Rick Singer in 2012. Singer was the architect of the scam, which involved cheating on college admission tests and bribing college coaches.

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