Ex-USC Soccer Coach Will Plead Guilty, Assist in College Admissions Scam Probe

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Students walk by a sign for the University of Southern California in an undated image. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

Students walk by a sign for the University of Southern California in an undated image. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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A former women’s soccer coach at the University of Southern California is expected to plead guilty for his role in a sweeping admissions bribery scheme.

The U.S. Justice Department said Monday that 49-year-old Ali Khosroshahin of Fountain Valley, California, will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering as part of an agreement with prosecutors.

Khosroshahin is accused of accepting bribes to get four students designated as soccer recruits even though none played competitive soccer.

Prosecutors say a firm that orchestrated the bribes directed $350,000 to a private soccer club controlled by Khosroshahin and Laura Janke, another former USC soccer coach. Janke pleaded guilty in March.

The Justice Department is recommending a lenient sentence and says Khosroshahin is cooperating with the government’s investigation. A plea hearing has not yet been scheduled.

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