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Student Admitted to Harvard After Dad Bought Fencing Coach’s House

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Student Admitted to Harvard After Dad Bought Fencing Coach’s House

Student Admitted to Harvard After Dad Bought Fencing Coach’s House

Harvard University Fencing coach Peter Brand is now under investigating after it was pointed out that he recruited a high school student whose dad bought the coach’s house for far more than what it was worth!

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According to The Boston Globe, the real estate deal took place in May 2016. Coach Peter Brand reportedly sold his three-bedroom Colonial in suburban Needham, Massachusetts, to Jie “Jack” Zhao for $989,500 — even though it only had valued at $549,300.

Just shortly after the deal, Zhao’s younger son was admitted into Harvard and joined the fencing team. Zhao who’s known for his success in the telecom industry, later sold the house after 17 months for a low $665,000, the Globe notes. Zhao’s purchase of the home triggered the automatic inspection.

Zhao’s explained to the Globe that he understood what the purchase looked like, but that he just wanted to do Brand a solid.

“I want to help Peter Brand because I feel so sorry he has to travel so much to go to fencing practice,” Zhao said of the longtime coach’s 12-mile commute to school’s campus.”

Zhao pointed out his kid, had near perfect grades and SATs and multiple family connections to the university, including an older brother already on the fencing team, and didn’t even really need help getting in.

Harvard says they are looking into the matter. Dean Claudine Gay said in a statement that there is much they don’t know about the situation, but they’re looking into it.

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