Harvard is investigating allegations that a student was admitted after his father bought the university fencing coach’s home for almost double market value, the latest accusation of college admissions bias to roil an elite U.S. institution.
According to the Boston Globe, Harvard’s legendary fencing coach, Peter Brand, sold his Needham, Massachusetts property in May 2016 to businessman Jie Zhao.
The home had an estimated worth of around $549,000. But Zhao bought it for close to $1 million.
After the purchase, Zhao’s son gained admission to Harvard and joined the fencing team, the Globe reports. Zhao later sold the Needham house at a $324,500 loss after never having lived there.