A former CEO's daughter was allegedly listed as co-captain of a Japanese national soccer team as part of a $25 million college admission scheme


A former CEO of Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO) helped facilitate the admission of two of his children as purported athletic recruits as part of a $US25 million college admissions scheme, court documents reveal.

Douglas Hodge, of Laguna Beach, California, is one of at least 40 people indicted on Tuesday in the scheme to help get children into universities through alleged bribes and false athletic recruitments. Hodge left PIMCO in 2017.

He is accused of getting one of his daughters and one of his sons into the University of Southern California using bribes to facilitate athletic recruitment admissions in 2013 and 2015 – but the alleged false admissions started years earlier, according to the criminal complaint.

Hodge first contacted William Singer, the man allegedly at the center of the alleged scheme, in 2008 to ask for help on his daughter’s application to Georgetown University.

On Hodge’s daughter’s application, it stated that she had won multiple United States Tennis Association tournaments. USTA records show she never played a match, court documents said.


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Hodge is then accused of contacting Singer again in in 2012 in hopes of arranging his younger daughter’s admission to USC.

The younger daughter’s application to the school stated she was co-captain of a Japanese national soccer team and “All American” on a prestigious club soccer team in the United States, court documents allege.

In October 2012 and February 2013, court documents allege payments of $US50,000 from Singer’s business account to a bank account in the name of an unnamed private soccer club controlled by the head coach and assistant coach of women’s soccer at USC at the time.

After the daughter was admitted, Hodge was instructed to direct a $US150,000 payment to The Key, Singer’s for-profit company also known as Edge College and Career Network, in April 2013, according to court documents. He was also instructed to pay $US50,000 to Key Worldwide Foundation, a nonprofit that prosecutors say acted like a front in the admissions scheme, the court documents claim.

In May 2013, Singer sent $US50,000 from KWF to the private soccer club, according to court documents.

The daughter enrolled at USC in fall 2013, but did not join the soccer team.

By then Hodge was emailing Singer about his son, who at the time as a junior in high school and thinking about applying to USC, court document said.

When asked for photos of the son playing sports, Hodges spouse noted “she had not been able to find photos of the son who was applying to USC playing football, but had found photos of his brother playing football,” according to court documents.

“See below-I am sure there is a tennis one too. The boys look alike so I thought a football one would help too?” the email said, according to court documents.


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False athlete profiles were then made for the boy, saying he played varsity football and was team captain, court documents said.

After the son was admitted in March 2015, Singer mailed Donna Heinel, the senior associate athletic director at USC, a $US75,000 check payable to USC’s “Womens Athletic Board.”

A week later, Hodge wired $US125,00 to The Key, and $US125,000 to KWF.

Singer then payed $US50,000 from KWF to the “SC Futbol Academy” private soccer team, headed by Laura Janke, a former assistant coach of women’s soccer at USC, court documents said. It is unclear if it’s the same football club that was mentioned earlier in court documents involving Hodge and Singer.

The son enrolled at USC, but he did not join the football team.

Hodge then contacted Singer in 2018 to discuss his youngest son’s admission to Loyola Marymount University. At the direction of law enforcement agents, Singer informed Hodge that the IRS was conducting an audit on KWF.

The former PIMCO CEO has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. PIMCO declined to comment.

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