Sons' Harvard rejection: Parents sue an admissions consultant

After their sons were rejected from Harvard, angry parents sued a US-based college admissions consultant for promising to get their two sons into the school and failing.

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After their sons were rejected from Harvard, two parents are suing an admissions counselor. Harvard's seal sits atop a gate to the athletic fields at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA., Sept. 21, 2009.

A couple from Hong Kong has sued a US based college admissions consultant for failing to get their two sons into an Ivy League university as he had allegedly promised.

Gerald and Lily Chow say in their suit filed in U.S. District Court in Boston that they gave Mark Zimny more than $2 million to get their sons into an elite American university, preferably Harvard.

Zimny is a former Harvard professor who ran the education consultancy group IvyAdmit Consulting LLC.

The Boston Globe reports that the Chows say they gave $2.2 million to Zimny, who said he had contacts at Harvard and would funnel donations from the Chows to elite colleges.

They charge Zimny with fraud and breach of contract. They want their money back.

Zimny denied the allegations in court papers.

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