Prosecutors had asked that Bizzack be sentenced to nine months in prison and a $75,000 fine, while his attorneys asked that he be sentenced to probation and community service.
Prior to his guilty plea, Bizzack was an executive at the World Surf League and at the Kelly Slater Wave Company, court documents state.
“He’s been my partner in everything I’ve done in the past few years… I’ve been the face of it but Jeff is just the bones and structure of everything that we’ve done,” he told the magazine.
$250,000 plan to get into USC
Bizzack hatched a plan with Rick Singer, the scam’s mastermind, to pay $250,000 to get his son into USC as a recruited volleyball player, even though his son did not play the sport competitively, prosecutors alleged.
An athletic profile purporting to be of Bizzack’s son falsely said he was a nationally ranked volleyball player and included a photo of another person playing the sport, according to court documents.
Bizzack’s son was accepted to USC as a recruited athlete in late 2017. In exchange, Bizzack paid $50,000 to an account operated by former USC athletics official Donna Heinel and $200,000 to Singer’s sham charity, the court documents state.
“Rick, A big thank you for all your help with [my son]! He is thrilled about U.S.C. and is still on cloud nine!” Bizzack wrote in a check to Singer.
Bizzack was not among the initial arrest of 33 parents in the college admissions scam in March. Once the scheme was made public, he hired lawyers and reached out to the government to admit his involvement and plead guilty, court documents state.
Both his attorneys and prosecutors said that willingness to accept responsibility showed his remorse.
“He is remorseful, ashamed and accepting of the punishment this Court will impose. Mr. Bizzack has taken extraordinary, early and continuous steps to take responsibility for his conduct — actions that speak louder than words,” they wrote.
“Bizzack’s contrition and prompt acceptance of responsibility are significant and commendable,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum.