PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Robert Flaxman, a real estate developer behind many Arizona projects, was charged in connection with a nationwide college admissions bribery case.
Flaxman is the founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based Crown Realty and Development. The company has developed several projects in Arizona, including the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale and Mountain Shadows in Paradise Valley.
Flaxman is being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to the FBI's arrest warrant.
Court documents say Flaxman took part in both the college recruitment scheme and the college entrance exam scheme. He's accused of paying $250,000 to have his son admitted to the University of San Diego as a recruited athlete and paying $75,000 so his daughter could cheat on the ACT. The alleged incidents took place in 2016.
Flaxman sent the payments disguised as charitable donations agreeing to say the money was going to a foundation for "underserved kids," according to court documents.
Crown Realty and Development has an office in Paradise Valley, but Flaxman resides in California.
Dozens of others have been charged in this case including Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin as well as college coaches.