Ex-Harvard fencing coach arrested in $1.5M bribery admissions scheme: feds

Ex-Harvard fencing coach arrested in $1.5M bribery admissions scheme: feds


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Harvard’s former fencing coach was busted Monday for allegedly accepting more than $1.5 million in bribes from a telecom mogul to get the businessman’s two sons into the prestigious university.

Cash-strapped then-coach Peter Brand sold his home to cohort and Maryland businessman Jie “Jack’’ Zhao for about $450,000 more than it was worth as part of the scheme, the feds said in new court papers.

“[Zhao’s] boys don’t have to be great fencers. All I need is a good incentive to recruit them. You can tell him that,’’ Brand allegedly told a cooperating witness in May 2012 in the millions-for-admission plot.

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While the case is not part of the feds’ famous “Operation Varsity Blues” — in which a slew of wealthy parents, including actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, have been nailed for allegedly bribing their kids into top colleges — it involves the same principle.

The former longtime Ivy League fencing coach devised the scheme with Zhao after

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