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UBC considers removing David Sidoo's name from football field

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Mar 11, 2020 at 5:04 pm PDT

FILE - David Sidoo, of Vancouver, Canada, enters an adjacent building with his lawyer following a federal court hearing in Boston on March 15, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Josh Reynolds
Summary

Former CFL football star will be pleading guilty on Friday in connection to the college admissions case

The university says it will review the facts before a final decision

Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a sentence of 90 days in prison and a fine of $250,000

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The University of B.C. has begun the process of potentially removing David Sidoo’s name from the field at Thunderbird Stadium.

The prominent businessman and former CFL football star will be pleading guilty on Friday in connection to the college admissions case.

The university says it will review the facts before a final decision, noting it will follow “due process.”

Sidoo will plead guilty to paying US$200,000 to have someone take a college entrance exam in place of his two sons as part of an admissions cheating scheme, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

He had been scheduled to go on trial in January alongside other prominent parents ensnared in the case, which has roiled the world of higher education.

Sidoo now scheduled to plead guilty Friday in federal court in Boston to a mail and wire fraud conspiracy charge. An email was sent to his lawyer Wednesday seeking comment.

Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a sentence of 90 days in prison and a fine of $250,000, according to court documents.

Sidoo was among 15 wealthy parents still fighting the charges after their arrest last March in the sweeping scandal. Nearly two dozen other parents, including “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, have already pleaded guilty.