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Former IMG Academy director to be sentenced in November

Documents say former IMG Academy director Mark Riddell secretly took exams for students or replaced their answers with his own.
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Court documents accuse IMG Academy director Mark Riddell of getting paid to take college entrance exams in place of students.

A former IMG Academy director who pleaded guilty to taking entrance exams for students in a nationwide college admissions bribery scheme is set to be sentenced later this year.

Mark Riddell’s sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 1 before U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton.

Riddell pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, and conspiracy to commit money laundering on April 12.

Riddell could have faced up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. However, prosecutors are recommending incarceration and a fine at the low end of guidelines because Riddell reached a plea agreement.

Between 2011 and February 2019, Riddell oversaw college entrance exam preparation at IMG Academy. Renowned tennis coach Nick Bollettieri founded IMG, which bills itself as the world's largest sports academy.

Documents say Riddell secretly took exams for students or replaced their answers with his own. Prosecutors say he typically was paid $10,000 per test.

Riddell was charged with nearly 50 other people, including celebrities and wealthy parents who allegedly paid bribes to get their children into elite U.S. colleges.

Among dozens of others charged in the scandal are actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin; Loughlin's husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli; college sports coaches; athletic administrators; and CEOs.

Click or tap here to see the list of people charged in the college admissions and testing bribery scheme.

Note: The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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