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.
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