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A Surrey link to the college admissions scandal?


Bob Mackin

A woman implicated in the United States college admissions scandal may be a Surrey resident.

The Los Angeles Times reported Aug. 19 that Xiaoning Sui “who lives in the Vancouver area” allegedly paid a US$100,000 bribe to the University of California Los Angeles soccer coach, Jorge Salcedo, via the scheme’s mastermind Rick Singer. Salcedo recruited Sui’s son to the Bruins’ soccer team, even though he had not played competitive soccer, according to charging papers against Salcedo. Sui, however, has not been charged.

Soccer coach Jorge Salcedo (UCLA)

British Columbia small claims court records indicate there is a woman with a Surrey residence who has the same name. The Vancouver high-end luxury car subscription service DK Conquest Luxury Rentals Inc. filed a claim last September for $22,920.11 in repairs and loss of use against Xiaoning Sui and husband Qiran Li. Li allegedly significantly damaged the front end of a 2014 BMW M5. Sui and Li paid a $7,500 damage deposit, but the insurance that Li bought from DK was void “due to reckless use of the vehicle.”

Sui and Li are listed on the small claims action at different South Surrey addresses. One property is worth $2.99 million, the other $1.31 million. They do, however, have a common phone number listed on the statement of claim.

Repeated calls to that phone number were greeted with a recording that said the user was unavailable.

David Sidoo (left) and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with the Vanier Cup in 2016 (PMO)

Vancouverite David Sidoo, a former CFL player who became a wealthy stock market player, tops a list of 19 people named in an April 9 indictment. Sidoo pleaded not guilty on April 29 to conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy.

He is accused of paying more than $200,000 for Harvard-educated tennis coach Mark Riddell to write college entrance exams for sons Dylan and Jordan Sidoo, neither of whom are charged.

If convicted, David Sidoo could face up to 20 years in prison. His next court date is Oct. 2.

Riddell pleaded guilty on April 12 to fraud and money laundering in the scheme hatched by mastermind Singer, who admitted that he “created a side door that would guarantee families would get in.”

Prosecutors allege Riddell traveled from Tampa, Fla. to Vancouver and used false identification to pose as Dylan Sidoo to write an SAT [Scholastic Aptitude Test] test on Dec. 3, 2011 at a venue that has not been disclosed.

Riddell allegedly traveled to Vancouver again, to write a test on June 9, 2012 that is described in the indictment as a “Canadian high school graduation exam.”

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