Parent who initially fought college admissions charges agrees to plead guilty

A parent who initially pleaded not guilty for his participation in the notorious college admissions scandal has agreed to change his plea to guilty, the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts said Thursday.

Douglas Hodge, the former CEO of the Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO), would be the first parent charged in the scheme to change his plea, after previously pleading not guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

A new plea hearing is scheduled for October 21 at 10 a.m., the US Attorney’s Office said in a tweet.

Hodge was accused of agreeing to pay the scheme’s mastermind, William “Rick” Singer, $200,000 to facilitate his daughter’s admission to the University of Southern California (USC) as a soccer recruit, and submitted false soccer credentials on her application. He allegedly paid Singer another $325,000 to help his son get admitted to USC as a purported football recruit, prosecutors said.

Singer, who was cooperating with investigators, recorded Hodge acknowledging both scams, according to the indictment.

Hodge is one of 35 parents charged in the scandal. Sixteen others, including actress Lori Loughlin, also pleaded not guilty in federal court in Boston in April.