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David Sidoo steps down from East West Petroleum, in wake of college admissions scandal

Last Updated Mar 14, 2019 at 5:44 pm PDT

(Source: educ.ubc.ca)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – A local businessman charged in connection with the huge U.S. college admissions scandal is no longer president and CEO of East West Petroleum, which is headquartered in Vancouver.

The company says David Sidoo is taking a “leave of absence”, given he has been named in legal proceedings by the U.S. government.

Sidoo has also been temporarily removed as the CEO of Advantage Lithium.

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Sidoo is accused of paying $200,000 to have someone else take the SAT for his two sons to help them get into elite American schools.

Vancouver’s Saint George’s private school is already doing an internal investigation.

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Sidoo, 59, was a 2016 recipient of the Order of B.C.

A total of about 50 people, including celebrities Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, have been charged in the scandal.

Prosecutors said parents paid to rig standardized exams and bribed coaches to get their children designated as recruited athletes in sports they didn’t even play, thereby boosting their chances of getting in.

The colleges have cast themselves as victims and have moved to distance themselves from the coaches, firing or suspending them.