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Defendant 54th person to be charged in nationwide college admissions prosecution

Courtesy of IRS Newsroom

BOSTON – A California man has been charged and will plead guilty to using fraud and bribery to facilitate his child’s acceptance to Georgetown University.

Peter Dameris of Pacific Palisades, Calif., will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. A plea hearing has not yet been scheduled by the Court.

Peter Dameris is the 54th person to be charged in college admissions scandal. (sfvbj.com)

According to the terms of Dameris’ plea agreement, the government will recommend a sentence of time served, 21 months of home confinement, a fine of $95,000 and restitution. Dameris is the 25th parent to plead guilty in this case.

As set forth in the charging documents, Dameris agreed with William “Rick” Singer to pay an amount, ultimately totaling $300,000, to Singer’s purported charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation (“KWF”), knowing that the money would be used to facilitate Dameris’s son’s purported recruitment to Georgetown University as a tennis player, even though he did not play tennis competitively. Singer previously pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the government’s investigation.

The charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud provides for a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss, whichever is greater. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The details contained in the court documents are allegations and the remaining defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston, made the announcement today. The Department of Education, Office of Inspector General provided assistance with the investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric S. Rosen, Justin D. O’Connell, Leslie A. Wright, Kristen A. Kearney, Stephen E. Frank and Karin M. Bell of Lelling’s Securities and Financial Fraud Unit are prosecuting the cases.

In June, 2019 ASGN Inc. terminated the employment of Dameris as CEO as the investigation came to light.

“The company was not able to negotiate the terms of a transition agreement with Mr. Dameris and terminated him without cause pursuant to his employment agreement,” the filing said.

Dameris had resigned in April from the Calabasas staffing company, stating that it was for family reasons related to the health of his son. Theodore Hanson, who had been president, took on the duties of chief executive.

The following month, however, the firm said in a federal filing that the “resignation was the subject of negotiations between his counsel and the United States Attorney’s Office in Boston, Massachusetts, which has been investigating Mr. Dameris as a target in connection with the college admissions investigation.”

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