The mad genius behind Purps, KS Wave Co., Outerknown etc. admits to paying $250,000 to USC for son.
A month and a half ago we all watched as the college admissions scandal rocking the rich and powerful crashed right into our surf world. Well, sort of into our surf world. One-time surf-esque entrepreneur Mossimo Giannulli, husband of Aunt Becky, was implicated and it was good enough for a BeachGrit headline. But in all seriousness, no one has considered Mossimo a surf-ish brand for two decades.
Today, though, Kelly Slater his very self is caught up in the snares via his longtime business partner Jeff Bizzack and let us head straight to Bloomberg without pausing.
The college admissions scandal that has rocked academia expanded as authorities charged yet another parent in the case.
Jeffrey Bizzack, 59, of Solana Beach, California, will admit to paying $50,000 to the University of Southern California and $200,000 to the scam’s mastermind, college counselor William “Rick” Singer, to get his son into USC, according to the Justice Department.
In July 2017, Singer asked Bizzack for biographical information about his son that prosecutors said was for a phony athletic profile. Later that month, Bizzack emailed Singer his son’s academic transcripts, which were forwarded to Laura Janke, the former USC assistant soccer coach, prosecutors said.
Janke then created a fabricated volleyball profile for the son and sent it to Singer, who forwarded it to “the senior associate athletic director at USC,” according to the government. She has pleaded guilty in the case.
Bizzack’s son received conditional admission to USC as a student athlete in November 2017. In December, at Singer’s direction, Bizzack made a $50,000 payment to USC’s Galen Center, a sports facility, according to the U.S. He also made a number payments totaling $200,000 to a purported charitable foundation Singer ran, the government said. In March 2018, prosecutors said, Bizzack’s son was formally accepted to the school, according to court documents.
Bizzack faces a prison term of 18 to 24 months, but prosecutors agreed to recommend a nine-month sentence and a fine of $75,000. Bizzack’s willingness to plead guilty may have led to the recommendation of less time.
Now, you may still be scratching your head with scrunched up, confused eyes saying, “Kelly Slater’s longtime business partner Jeff Bizzack?” All for good reason. Mr. Bizzack prefers remaining in the shadows, pulling the levers. In 2017 Kelly told Tracks magazine…
“Jeff Bizzack. He’s been my partner in everything I’ve done in the past few years… I’ve been the face of it but Jeff is just the bones and structure of everything that we’ve done.”
The mad genius behind Purps, KS Wave Co., Outerknown etc.
Anyhow, going to prison over all this feels very extreme. Which parent doesn’t want the world for their children or do you disagree? Are you a died-in-the-wool communist who cheers any rich and powerful tumble from grace? Are you the sort who calls for the guillotine at the very sight of wealthy grift?
Well that’s rude.