What action took Gordon Ernst? An ex-tennis coach at Georgetown who engaged in bribes has been sentenced.

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What action did Gordon Ernst take? A former Georgetown tennis coach who took part in bribery has been convicted.

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Gordon Ernst, a former head tennis coach at Georgetown University, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison on Friday for allegedly running a scheme to defraud colleges of their financial aid.

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According to Reuters, Gordon Ernst is accused of taking over $3.5 million in bribes to help the children of wealthy families get into college.

The disgraced former tennis coach was sentenced to four years in prison by prosecutors, but instead received a two-and-a-half year sentence. Ernst’s punishment is still the harshest of any celebrity who was the subject of Operation Varsity Blues, the investigation into a major college bribery scam.

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According to The Washington Post, Gordon Ernst’s involvement in college admissions fraud was just the beginning.

Federal prosecutors claim they have evidence that influential university executives and coaches across the country were bought with bribes. The officers are also accused of using charities to launder bribes.

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Allegations against Gordon Ernst

Gordon Ernst has reportedly accepted money from wealthy families for the past decade to get his kids a spot on the tennis team, regardless of how talented they are.

In his evidence, Ernst claimed that Rick Simon, the alleged mastermind behind the university bribery operation, was someone he first met in 2008.

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Authorities claimed that after his involvement with the network, Ernst helped at least 24 children get false admissions to school as tennis players. He was said to offer 2 to 5 places to unqualified students each year. In addition, prosecutors charged him with using the bribe to buy a vacation home in Cape Cod and a private school for his daughter.

Ernst left Georgetown in 2018 to attend the University of Rhode Island, but in 2019 he was one of 54 people arrested and prosecuted in connection with the college bribery fraud.

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In court, Ernst regretted his involvement in the fraud and told the judge that his behavior was inconsistent with the principles he wanted to instill in his athletes.

Gordon Ernst was spotted by Georgetown before the FBI. In 2017, an admissions officer asked why he decided to enroll a student whose high school did not know her tennis ability. According to the US, Ernst “doubled down” on his lies throughout the internal investigation.

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Ernst’s defense attorney admitted in court documents that he was a respectable person in Georgetown. The defense even went on to draw parallels between his fall from grace and the fall of the Greek mythological figure Icarus.

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Jorge Salcedo, a former UCLA coach, is another discredited coach whose misdeeds are comparable to those of Gordon Ernst. He received 8 months in prison after admitting to taking a $200,000 bribe.
Since his arrest in 2019, Gordon Ernst has stayed out of trouble, according to his lawyers. After being forced to drop out of the University of Rhode Island, he held a variety of part-time jobs, including tennis coach, rental car cleaner, and hockey umpire.

According to CBS, Rick Simon, the suspected mastermind behind the scandal, is set to be convicted in September.

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