Mother from Surrey, B.C. the latest to be arrested in U.S. college admissions scandal

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Mother from Surrey, B.C. the latest to be arrested in U.S. college admissions scandal


VANCOUVER—A Surrey woman was arrested in Spain Monday night in connection with the U.S. college admissions scandal, a multimillion-dollar scheme to help wealthy parents get their children into elite universities.

Spanish authorities arrested Xiaoning Sui, 48, for using bribery and other forms of fraud to help her son get into the University of California Los Angeles as a soccer recruit, said a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

The U.S. accuses Sui of working with William “Rick” Singer — CEO of the company The Key which allegedly bribed coaches and college officials as well as helped wealthy students cheat on exams — to pay $400,000 to aid her son’s admission to UCLA.

She is the 52nd defendant who has been arrested and charged in the scandal. Authorities are seeking her extradition to Boston to face charges.

Sui is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, which has a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss — depending which is greater.

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