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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Two Las Vegas residents were among dozens of parents, college executives, and elite college coaches charged a college bribery case.

“They flaunted their wealth, sparing no expense to cheat the system so they could set their children up with the best education that money could buy,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Joseph R. Bonavolonta said at a press conference Tuesday.

Gamal Abdelaziz, who more commonly uses the last name Aziz, is a former casino executive who left his job as the President of Wynn Macau, Limited, in Sept. 2016.

Prosecutors said they believe Aziz conspired to bribe the senior associate athletic director at USC to "designate his daughter as a recruit to the basketball team." Court documents show Aziz paid at least $300,000 to achieve that goal.

While Aziz’s daughter enrolled into USC during the fall of 2018, she did not join the basketball team, according to the complaint.

Prosecutors charged Las Vegas resident Elisabeth Kimmel in the massive indictment. Kimmel owns and is the president of a media company.

Prosecutors said Kimmel used bribery to get her daughter into Georgetown as a tennis player and her son into USC as a track recruit.

"My memory was that the amount was $275K over two payments. Do I have it right?" Investigators found that email from Kimmel to Steven Masera, an accountant for two college agencies at the center of the investigation, along with dozens of checks from her family's charitable foundation. 

Masera sent a letter to the charity, "no goods or services were exchanged" for the donation. 

Kimmel’s daughter graduated in the spring of 2017 but never played tennis. Her son got into U.S.C in March of 2018, according to the complaint. 

Federal investigators say U.S.C. former Assistant Women's Soccer Coach Laura Janke made up an athletic profile for Kimmel's son with a picture of someone else. 

Investigators don't think Kimmel's son knew about any of it because his adviser asked him about his sport, he thought it was a mistake, and told him mom. 

In a recorded phone call between Kimmel and a confidential witness, Kimmel asked what they should do if the adviser keeps poking around. The witness responded, "Well, if the adviser does, she's gonna call the person who's responsible for all of this, that's the person who got [your son] admitted and she'll just say he decided not to compete." 

Federal court records show Aziz appeared before a judge Tuesday afternoon but did not enter a plea. 

He was ordered to appear before a judge in Boston on March 29.

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Snowflaker

It's true, revenge is a dish best served cold. Hey Gamal, remember all the hard working people you laid off after September 11th? Remember the RECORD bonus you picked up that year? My family was hit hard after you put my father out of work. Hope the Feds sweat you like a pig. You are scum and a fine example of what is wrong with this country right now. You devastated a lot of families all for a larger bonus; but I guess we're alright, the Federales aren't knocking on our honest, working class front doors.

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