Parent charged in college admissions case indicted on additional tax fraud charge


Date: January 14, 2020


BOSTON – A federal grand jury in Boston returned the fourth superseding indictment charging one of the 15 parents implicated in the college admissions case with tax offenses.

John Wilson of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, was indicted on one count of filing a false tax return. It is alleged that Wilson paid a total of $220,000 to secure his son's admission to the University of Southern California as a purported water polo recruit. Wilson then deducted the $220,000 from his 2014 tax returns as charitable donations and business expenses. According to the charging document, Wilson's amended 2014 tax returns improperly deducted $220,000 in payments that he allegedly made in exchange for securing his son's admission to the University of Southern California.

An arraignment date has not yet been scheduled.

The charge of filing a false tax return provides for a sentence of up to three years in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $100,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.