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USC Calls Ex-Admissions Officer A 'Rogue Former Employee'

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Hiu Kit David Chong's attorney describes him as a "big booster of USC."

USC officials call him a "rogue former employee."

Chong, a former USC admissions officer, admitted as part of a plea agreement that he took $40,000 from six Chinese nationals to help them get into USC graduate programs, even though they did not have the grades.

Chong burnished their applications with faked college transcripts, letters of recommendation and personal statements. Three of his clients got in.

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After he left his job as an assistant admissions director in 2016, he continued his scheme for another two-plus years through the academic consulting company he ran out of Monterey Park.

The case comes a year after wealthy parents were revealed to be bribing their kids’ way into USC.

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