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The daughter of a CEO whose parents allegedly paid big bribes to get her into Georgetown “gloated” about being fed the answers to her SATs, according to prosecutors.
Manuel Henriquez, the chairman and CEO of Hercules Capital, and his wife Elizabeth Henriquez were among dozens of wealthy parents charged Tuesday with bribing their kids’ way into top colleges in a nationwide admissions scam.
In 2015, the California couple allegedly paid the scheme’s mastermind William “Rick” Singer to have one of his associates proctor the exam of their eldest daughter — who wasn’t named in court documents but was identified by the Daily Beast as Isabelle Henriquez.
The crooked proctor talked Isabelle’s private college preparatory school into allowing him to fly in to oversee the test, then “unbeknownst to the school, he sat side-by-side with the daughter during the exam and provided her with answers to the exam questions,” court documents allege.
Afterward, “he ‘gloated’ with Elizabeth Henriquez and her daughter about the fact that they had cheated and gotten away with it,” the criminal complaint reads.
Isabelle received a score of 1900 out of a possible 2400 on the exam — “an improvement of 320 points over the best score she had previously achieved taking the test legitimately.”
But to make her admission even easier, the Henriquezes allegedly worked with Singer to bribe Georgetown’s then-head tennis coach to have her designated as a recruited athlete.
Singer fabricated an essay and application for her that falsely claimed she played “club tennis” through high school, held a “Top 50 ranking” in Junior Girls Tennis for the United States Tennis Association, and was on the USTA All-Academic Team for her junior and senior years, prosecutors allege.
“In fact, records obtained from the USTA do not show that she played at any USTA tournaments in high school,” they write in the complaint.
“At her best, she appears to have ranked 207th in Northern California in the under-12 girls division, with an overall win/loss record of 2-8.”
Less than two weeks later, she received a letter from the college saying it had reviewed her application at the request of the tennis coach and that her admission was “likely” — and she was ultimately accepted into the prestigious school.
The parents then allegedly paid to have Singer’s proctor repeat the cheating stunt for their younger daughter on both the ACT and SAT exams.
In all, they coughed up more than $400,000 for the two girls, according to court documents — and that was a discount, because Manuel allegedly used his clout at his alma mater, Northeastern University, to help one of Singer’s other clients gain admission there.
Hercules Capital announced Wednesday that Manuel had “voluntarily stepped aside” as CEO in the wake of the scandal, according to Nasdaq.
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