Prosecutors: Ex-official to plead guilty in admissions case

Associated Press:

A former University of Southern California admissions worker who offered to get unqualified students from China into the school agreed Wednesday to plead guilty to wire fraud, prosecutors said.

Hiu Kit David Chong, 36, of Arcadia was an assistant director in USC’s Office of Graduate Admissions.

Chong acknowledged in the plea agreement that from 2008 to 2016, he “caused false college transcripts with inflated grades, phony letters of recommendation and fraudulent personal statements to be placed in the students’ admissions packets,” according to the U.S. attorney’s office.