The daughter of a Miami venture capitalist whose family has ties to supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid knowingly took part in the sweeping college admissions bribery scheme, according to court documents.
Dragon Global CEO Robert Zangrillo was one of 33 parents charged Tuesday for allegedly conspiring with crooked college counselor William “Rick” Singer to get his daughter admitted into the University of Southern California — going as far as to hire someone to retake classes his daughter failed, according to court documents.
His daughter Amber knew about the plot, according to the documents, even asking Singer in a phone call what he was doing “about an ‘F’ grade that she had received in an art history class she had taken.”
Singer said that one of his employees, Mikaela Sanford, would secretly retake the online class on her behalf and that she had “already got the class almost done.”
Singer asked if his plan made sense and Zangrillo and his daughter replied “Yes,” according to the document. They also asked whether Sanford could take a biology class for Zangrillo’s daughter.
Amber needed the stellar grades on her transcript since her application to the school indicated that she “was taking classes” at a number of colleges after being rejected by USC the first time around in 2017.
Her new application also “falsely stated that she rowed crew at a club for an average of 44 hours per week for 15 weeks a year.”
Zangrillo allegedly paid a $50,000 bribe to USC’s athletics department and made a $200,000 donation to a bogus charity so Amber would be labeled an athletic recruit, despite her having never rowed competitively, the criminal complaint states.
On June, 14 2018, USC accepted Zangrillo’s daughter.
Amber posted the happy news to her Facebook account in July.
“Started School at University of Southern California,” her Facebook post read.
The Zangrillos appear in multiple Facebook photos with supermodels Gigi and Bella Hadid.
Zangrillo posted a photo of himself with Gigi and his other daughter Alexa in Central Park in 2013 and an image from St. Barths celebrating the New Year in 2014 with the sisters.
angrillo couldn’t be reached. A message to Amber was not answered.