Charge: Conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud; conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Riddell served as the director of college entrance exam preparation at IMG Academy in Bradenton Fla., where he has worked since 2006. He was allegedly involved with the scheme since 2011, according to court filings.
Prosecutors allege administrators allowed Riddell to take students’ exams for them, feed correct answers to students or review and correct tests after they had been completed. He was allegedly paid $10,000 per test he doctored, according to court documents.
Riddell “assists thousands of students in gaining admission to top American universities,” according to his biography on IMG Academy’s website.
At a news conference Tuesday, U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling described Riddell as “just a really smart guy,” according to ABC News.
“He didn’t have inside information about the answers, he was just smart enough to get a near perfect score on demand or to calibrate the score,” Lelling said.