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By By David K. Li
The 36-year-old Harvard alum Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art…2934 & lang = en , paid to secretly pass college board tests for hard-driving parents, apologized on Wednesday for his role in the burgeoning scandal.
"I want to let everyone know that I deeply regret the damage I have done and the pain I have caused as a result of my unnecessary actions," said Mark Riddell, a resident of Palmetto, Florida in a statement released by his lawyer.
He faces two criminal charges for conspiring with postal fraud and money laundering. Federal Prosecutor's Office in Boston said.
Riddell, a 2004 Harvard graduate and a four-year tennis championship winner, is a key figure in the massive college entrance exam called Operation Varsity Blues. The federal investigation said that dozens of parents were arrested on Tuesday who allegedly paid millions of dollars to fake college applications and take their children to the elite universities.
"I understand how my actions have contributed to a loss of confidence in the college admissions process," he said. "I take full responsibility for what I have done."
According to a lawsuit filed between 2012 and February, Riddell passed SAT and ACT exams for students.
He received $ 10,000 a test, the prosecutor said. 19659007] It was not immediately clear how many tests Riddell had done, but the prosecutors wanted to reclaim nearly $ 450,000 from the former college tennis player.
It does not seem that Riddell was actually in high class Saturday morning when he supposedly passed the exams, students passed.
Ringleader William Rick Singer bribed test administrators in Houston and Los Angeles and "allowed Riddell to steal the ACT and SAT tests in place of the children of Singer's clients," it says.
The prosecution has only one example for Riddell's paid test drives when he allegedly flew to Houston and brought a teen ACT to his hotel room in his hotel room on July 14, 2018.  Riddell bragged to Singer that he was likely to get a 35 for his client – and he did just that, prosecutors said. The maximum score is 36, and a 35 would be about the 99th percentile of ACT participants.
Since 2006, Riddell has been director of exam preparation at the IMG Academy, a pre-school in Bradenton, Florida, known for producing top athletes. Riddell said he helped many students through his work at the IMG Academy.
"I will always regret the decisions I made, but I also believe that the over 1,000 students I have lawfully advised, inspired, and helped achieve their goals will draw a more complete picture of the person, that I really am, "according to the accused.
Riddell's profile was removed immediately after the announcement of his indictment from the school's website, WFLA-TV reported.
We were alerted to the lawsuit against Mark Riddell, "the school said in a statement," Riddell was suspended indefinitely as we investigate this matter. "