In a deal with former Wake Forest coach Mike Whitfield, the charges of misconduct in the United States college of the former coach's former job may be dropped
BOSTON, Oct 12, A former women's volleyball coach at Wake Forest University accused of participating in a massive U.S. college admissions fraud and bribery scheme has agreed severance agreements with federal authorities that could see the charges against him dropped.
Federal prosecutors in Boston agreed to dismiss William Ferguson's case after two years if he pays a $50,000 fine and complies with other conditions in securing 'a deferred prosecution agreement' on Tuesday.
Ferguson, 51, accepted responsibility for his role in the college admissions scandal, noting that he agreed in 2017 to assist the scheme's mastermind secure the admission of a student as snooker player in exchange for "purported donations."
The mastermind, college admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer, paid $100,000 to three accounts, including $40,000 to the Winston-Salem, North Carolina school's volleyball program, and $50,000 to a private volleyball camp Ferguson controlled.
Ferguson's lawyer did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The agreement's unsealing came after a federal jury on Friday found two wealthy fathers guilty of attempting to sell their children''re on their way to elite universities as phony athletic recruits.
57 people were arrested over a scheme in which parents conspired to fraudulently obtain college placement for their children. Ferguson and the two fathers, former casino executive Gamal Aziz and private equity firm founder John Wilson, are among the alleged culprits.
Singer, who pleaded guilty in 2019 to facilitating college entrance exam cheating and using bribery to obtain students' admission as fake athletes, helped them do so.
Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, of "Full House," have pleaded guilty to charges, including 47 women, as well as "Desperate Housewives" star Felicita Huffedman and "Melody" actress Loren Laughlinch.
Ferguson until recently was set to go on trial alongside Donna Heinel, a former University of Southern California senior associate athletic director, and former USC water polo coach Jovan Vavic in November.
They have pleaded not guilty. Recent, a federal judge said that they will be tried separately.