Surrey, B.C., mom pleads guilty to bribing coach $400K in U.S. college admissions scandal

A woman charged in the college admissions scandal pleaded guilty Friday to paying US$400,000 to get her son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer recruit.

Xiaoning Sui, 49, a Chinese citizen who lives in Surrey, B.C., pleaded guilty to a single count of federal programs bribery in Boston’s federal court.

The charge is used in cases of bribery at organizations that received at least US$10,000 in federal funding in a single year. In this case, Sui is accused of bribing an official at UCLA.

Prosecutors are recommending no additional jail time for Sui, who was arrested in Spain in September and held there while authorities extradited her to the United States.

Dressed in a gray sweatsuit and speaking through a Chinese interpreter, Sui said she agreed with the prosecutors’ account.

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