'Varsity Blues' Parents Blame 'Con Man' As 1st Trial Opens

By Chris Villani (September 13, 2021, 5:38 PM EDT) -- The first trial in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions case kicked off in a Boston federal courtroom Monday with jurors hearing dueling accounts about payments by parents that were either bribes to get their kids into college or innocent donations made at the behest of the "skilled con man" at the center of the scheme.

John Wilson, a former Staples Inc. executive and founder of a private equity and real estate firm, and Gamal Abdelaziz, a former top executive with casino giant Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International, are accused of paying six- or seven-figure bribes to corrupt coaches and officials...

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