California Parent Sentenced for Using Fraud and Bribery to Facilitate Son’s Acceptance to Georgetown University

Boston, MA–A California man was sentenced today for using fraud and bribery to facilitate his child’s acceptance to Georgetown University.

Peter Dameris, 60, of Pacific Palisades, Calif., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard G. Stearns to one day in prison (deemed served), three years of supervised release with 12 months of home confinement, and ordered to pay a fine of $95,000. In June 2020, Dameris pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Dameris agreed with William “Rick” Singer to pay an amount, ultimately totaling $300,000, to Singer’s purported charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF), knowing that the money would be used to facilitate Dameris’s son’s purported recruitment to Georgetown University as a tennis player, even though he did not play tennis competitively.

Singer previously pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the government’s investigation.

Dameris is the 23rd parent to be sentenced in this case.

Case information, including the status of each defendant, charging documents and plea agreements are available here: