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Sentencing in College Admission Scam Case Involving Bradenton Man Postponed

Former IMG Academy employee Mark Riddell was supposed to appear in court Thursday, April 15, but the appearance was pushed back.

By Allison Forsyth April 16, 2021

Bradenton's Mark Riddell.

Mark Riddell of Operation Varsity Blues was due in court on Thursday, April 15, to determine the terms of his incarceration, but, on Wednesday, his hearing was postponed to December, according to the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Massachusetts.

In 2019, Riddell pled guilty to mail fraud and money laundering charges as part of the government's wide-ranging investigation into fraudulent college admissions practices. The district's website says the government recommends "incarceration at the low end of the guidelines sentencing range," which could include three years of supervised release.

The lead attorney for Riddell, Antonio Pozos of the Philadelphia law firm Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, declined to comment when asked about the postponement. "We are not in a position to comment at this time," he told Sarasota Magazine.

Public records indicate Riddell's custody status is "released." Riddell remains with family in Bradenton, awaiting his new hearing date later this year.

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