A couple in Hong Kong is suing a Boston-area education consultant for the $2 million they say they paid him to get their two sons into top prep schools and, ultimately, an Ivy League university.
Gerald and Lily Chow, citizens of Hong Kong, say they hired Mark Zimny and his company, IvyAdmit Consulting Associates in Cambridge, Mass. to help their two sons get into elite schools in the U.S.
"They decided in 2006 that their sons, First Son and Second Son, would benefit most by being educated in the top schools in the United States," says the lawsuit, first filed in 2010 with a U.S. district court in Massachusetts.
The Chows had determined that their "target university" was Harvard, the Boston Globe reported. Their first son, then 15, graduated as a ninth grader from a junior boarding school in Deerfield, Mass. in June 2007.
The Chows say Zimny approached them at his graduation ceremony, claiming he was a professor at Harvard University, and that he could use his connections to help the sons get into New England boarding schools and Ivy League colleges.
The Boston Globe reports that the boys, not named in the lawsuits, eventually went to Ivy League schools, just not Harvard.