2 More Plead Guilty in Admissions Scandal

Another former coach at USC and a former financial officer for a financial company admit guilt.

July 8, 2019

A university athletic coach and a former accountant pleaded guilty in federal court to charges against them.

Ali Khosroshahin, formerly the head coach of the University of Southern California women's soccer team, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering. Prosecutors said that during his six years as head coach, from 2006 to 2013, four students were admitted who never played competitive soccer. He allegedly took more than $200,000 in bribes. Khosroshahin, who is cooperating with the government, will receive prosecutors' recommendation for a sentence at the "low" end of the guidelines.

Steven Masera, a former accountant and financial officer for the Edge College & Career Network and the Key Worldwide Foundation, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering. The government said it would seek the low end in sentencing for him. Masera is cooperating with the government. He had claimed to run a charity for low-income children -- but most of those children didn't exist.

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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