Ventura dentist Homayoun Zadeh has agreed to plead guilty to filing a false tax return in connection with the national college admissions scandal, federal officials said Thursday.
Zadeh, an associate professor at USC and internationally known periodontist, was accused of paying scandal ringleader William “Rick” Singer $100,000 to help gain admission into USC for Zadeh’s daughter. He pleaded not guilty two years ago to charges of conspiring to launder money and commit fraud.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts announced Zadeh will be the 31st parent to plead guilty in the scandal. The list includes celebrities Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin and others accused of cheating to get their children into elite schools.
Officials said Zadeh, of Calabasas, has agreed to six weeks in prison, one year of supervised release that is similar to parole and 250 hours of community service. Zadeh will also pay a fine of $20,000, officials said.