Student caught in bribery scandal sues Georgetown for not realizing he was a fraud


A Georgetown University student caught up in the college bribery scandal sued the college on Wednesday for planning to oust him from the school — claiming they should have known he was a fraud.

Adam Semprevivo, whose dad bribed the kid’s way into the school by making him a sham tennis recruit, says he wasn’t part of the shady deal and blamed them for not catching his bogus application.

“Despite the fact that these misrepresentations could have been easily verified and debunked before Georgetown formally admitted Semprevivo in April 2016, no one at Georgetown did so,” the lawsuit filed Wednesday in DC federal court reads.

The student also points out that the records he provided to the school show his athletic experience was far from the tennis court.

“In fact, Semprevivo’s high school transcripts, on their face, reflect that Semprevivo’s athletic endeavor of choice was basketball and that he received credit for his participation on the basketball team.”

The university promptly announced its intention to expel him hours after the suit was filed.

Adam’s dad, Los Angeles executive Stephen Semprevivo, pleaded guilty last week to paying scam mastermind William “Rick” Singer $400,000 to nab his son a spot at Georgetown as an all-star tennis recruit — even though he didn’t actually play.

The younger Semprevivo claims he had no idea his acceptance was finagled by his dad Stephen — one of the dozens of deep-pocketed parents charged in the college admissions scandal.

“Without the knowledge of Semprevivo, his father entered into an agreement with Singer to take specific steps for Semprevivo to be accepted to Georgetown,” the suit reads.

Adam Semprevivo was one of at least 12 students who former Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst designated as tennis recruits from 2012 to 2018, in exchange for Ernst’s accepting more than $2.7 million of bribes from Singer, prosecutors said.

Ernst left Georgetown in 2018. He pleaded not guilty in March to a racketeering conspiracy charge.

Semprevivo’s lawsuit claims that the school was aware of Coach Ernst’s sham “recruitment practices” — but took his money anyway.

“In or around 2017, Georgetown’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions became aware of irregularities in Coach Ernst’s recruitment practices… Coach Ernst was placed on leave in December 2017,” the suit says.

“For the 2018 and 2019 school years, tuition payments for Semprevivo of over $100,000 (and a total of over $200,000 was submitted since admission) were made to, and accepted by, Georgetown.”

Adam, who’s maintained a 3.18 grade point average, offered to “resolve the matter” in an April 15 letter — but only if Georgetown agreed to allow him to withdraw with no black marks on his transcript and transfer his full credits to a new school, the complaint said.

But the university sent him a letter Tuesday saying he was prohibited from withdrawing — prompting him to sue.

Georgetown spokeswoman Meghan Dubyak said the school doesn’t comment on pending litigation. But she said the university investigated “irregularities in the athletic credentials of two students” who were recruited to play tennis in 2017.

Georgetown wasn’t made aware of Ernst’s alleged involvement in the college admissions scam until it was contacted by the US Attorney’s Office, Dubyak added.