A Florida prep school administrator arrived at federal court Friday, where he's expected to plead guilty to taking entrance exams for students in a nationwide college admissions bribery scheme.
Mark Riddell has been scheduled to enter guilty pleas Friday afternoon to one count each of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering at federal court in Boston.
The 36-year-old Riddell oversaw college entrance exam preparation at IMG Academy, a Bradenton school founded by renowned tennis coach Nick Bollettieri, that bills itself as the world's largest sports academy.
Documents say Riddell secretly took exams for students or replaced their answers with his own.
Prosecutors say he typically was paid $10,000 per test.
Riddell was charged with nearly 50 other people, including celebrities and wealthy parents who allegedly paid bribes to get their children into elite U.S. colleges.
Riddell could have faced up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine, but prosecutors are recommending incarceration and a fine at the low end of guidelines.
According to federal prosecutors, Riddell played a key role in an arrangement hatched by William "Rick" Singer, an admissions consultant accused of orchestrating the scheme for years while catering to a rich clientele that included Hollywood stars and business executives.