Former casino exec guilty in Varsity Blues trial

Abdelaziz now faces years in prison in college admission scandal

By JOSH RESNEK

A federal jury deliberated for less than 24 hours before finding former casino executive and Wynn Resorts official

Gamal Abdelaziz guilty of participating in a bribery scheme to have his daughter admitted to a fine school for which she was not qualified.

He chose to stand trial instead of pleading.

It turns out to be a costly decision.

He now faces as much as three years in prison.

Abdelaziz, 64, was accused of paying $300,000 in 2018 to have his daughter admitted to U.S.C. as a top-ranked basketball recruit even though she did not make the varsity team in high school.

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Former Wynn official caught in college admission’s scandal

By JOSH RESNEK

A former high-ranking Wynn Resorts official, Gamal Abdelaziz, who was one of the key players when Mayor Carlo DeMaria was trying to bring the casino here, is being tried in Federal District Court.

The crime?

Gamal Abdelaziz conspired with William Singer, a college admissions fraudster. Singer aided Abdelaziz’s child to be admitted to the University of Southern California as a basketball player when she was not good enough to play for the university.

ENCORE BOSTON HARBOR.

Abdelaziz paid Singer hundreds of thousands of dollars to have his daughter admitted.

Mr. Singer told Abdelaziz and many others that they could bypass the regular admissions process by presenting their children as athletic recruits, and he falsified or embellished their credentials so they could do that, the prosecutor said in Federal District Court in Boston where the trial is into its second week.

Abdelaziz had numerous contacts with DeMaria during the initial period when Wynn Resorts got involved in Boston.

Abdelaziz is a major casino figure in the industry.

He has denied any wrong- doing telling prosecutors: “He thought Singer was legitimate,” Brian T. Kelly, the lawyer for Mr. Abdelaziz, said in his opening statement in Boston federal court. “He had no inkling that Singer was a skilled con man.”

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WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR?

By Josh Resnek

The national scandal allowing the very rich and influential to buy their children entrance into the nation’s most competitive colleges and universities has a strong Everett connection.

Abdul “Aziz” Abdelaziz, a close associate and friend of the mayor’s, worked side by side with him in Everett during the early months when Wynn Resorts was plotting the capture of a gaming license in Massachusetts for Steve Wynn.

At the time, Aziz was a vice-president of Wynn Resorts.

Aziz was indicted and arrested last week as part of the nationwide college entrance scam that ensnared dozens of well to do people, including Hollywood stars and multi-millionaires, who paid huge sums of money to scammers for their kids to gain entrance into more competitive colleges and universities. Continue reading WHAT ARE FRIENDS FOR?

A Deal In The Making

Gamal “Aziz” Abdelaziz, 62, of Las Vegas, former president and executive director of Wynn Macau resort was indicted and arrested last week. According to the FBI, he is cooperating in the investigation.

Aziz was arrested with dozens of others who allegedly paid bribes in order for their children to attend finer universities and colleges across the nation.

The US Attorney’s office in Boston conducted the investigation which led to last week’s wave of arrests of the rich and the powerful, as well as the managers of the company rigging the system in return for payments.

Aziz is better known as one of the moving forces in Wynn Resort’s early efforts to motivate Mayor Carlo DeMaria to set-up a referendum in Everett and to make sure it passed so the license could be awarded to Wynn.

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