Long-time casino exec busted in DOJ’s college bribery scheme
A former executive with MGM and Wynn Resorts could face jail time
Gamal Aziz, also known as Gamal Abdelaziz, is a well-known power figure in the gambling industry. He has held high-ranking positions for companies such as MGM Resorts and Wynn Resorts and served a stint as the president of Wynn Macau, as well as the president and chief operating officer of Wynn Resorts Development when the company was working on its Encore Boston Harbor project. Aziz, for all his hard work and efforts, could soon see his world come crumbling down, caught up in a major scandal that has ensnared Hollywood celebrities, industry leaders and other executives.
The Department of Justice has unveiled the findings of a years-long investigation dubbed Varsity Blues. The investigation uncovered a network of shady deals, bribes and payoffs that allowed super wealthy and high-profile individuals to buy admissions for their children to some of the best schools in the U.S., including Yale, Georgetown, the University of Southern California (USC) and Stanford.
There have been named so far 33 parents involved in the scheme, who allegedly paid a combined $6.5 million dollars so their children could get into schools for which they weren’t qualified. The money was paid through a charity organization run by William Singer and all of the parents are now facing charges of bribery and conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Additionally, since the parents were able to claim tax deductions since the money was paid to a charity, they could face charges of tax evasion.
Aziz reportedly paid $300,000 so that his daughter could get into USC. The deal was facilitated through Singer and the money was given to an account at USC that is used for the university’s basketball and volleyball programs.