Folsom woman employed in college admissions scheme agrees to guilty plea

A Folsom woman has agreed to plead guilty for her role in a sweeping college administration bribery scandal that has swept up a number of wealthy people, college coaches and celebrities.

Mikaela Sanford, 34, of Folsom, will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit racketeering, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston announced Friday.

Sanford worked for Rick Singer, the 59-year-old California man who federal investigators say ran a standardized test cheating racket through his college counseling business and nonprofit.

Prosecutors say Sanford took online classes for students so the students could submit the grades Sanford earned in their names as part of their application packages to colleges and universities.

Sanford also helped fake athletic profiles and other documents to bolster students’ college applications to make the students appear to be highly successful high school athletes when, in fact, they were not, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors will recommend a sentence

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