Gamal Aziz, former vegas strip casino executive, is charged with bribing college officials to secure a spot for his daughter in the prestigious University Of South California. Aziz, now arrested is amongst many others (over fifty) who were charged with illegally bribing officials to get their kids admitted in colleges of national and international repute.
According to investigations that led to the arrest of former Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International executive, he paid $300,000 to charity Key Worldwide Foundation who in turn helped Aziz create a fake identity of his daughter as a rising high school basketball star in front of the university’s athletics admission subcommittee.
The complaint against Aziz also mentioned that Donna Heizel, Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of South California, presented Aziz’s daughter as a basketball prodigy. Further, according to the complaint, she was also granted provisional admission, and the university accepted her application saying that the applicant has “the potential to make a significant contribution to the intercollegiate athletic program.”
However, after admission, Aziz’s daughter never became a part of the University’s basketball team. The investigations have also shown that the Key Worldwide Foundation, paid Heinel $20,000 a month starting July 2018. Donna Heizel, Senior Associate Athletic Director at the University of South California, is also charged in the case.
While multiple arrests have been made in the 2019 college admissions bribery scandal, there could be more as the case is still under investigation by the FBI.