Harvard University is investigating its fencing coach, Peter Brand, in an alleged pay-to-play scheme involving the sale of his house to the father of an applicant for nearly double its estimated value in exchange for admission to the university.

In 2016, the coach sold his Needham, Mass., home to Jie Zhao for nearly $1 million, despite its estimated value of $549,300, the Boston Globe reported.

Soon after the sale closed, Zhao’s son was admitted to Harvard and joined the fencing team. Zhao sold the house a year-and-a-half later at a $324,000 loss.

This episode comes as several top universities, including Stanford, Yale, and Georgetown, have been implicated in scandals involving college counselors bribing coaches to ease admission for children of well-heeled parents. USC has also been at the center of the college admission scams, with actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin allegedly facilitating payments to grease the skids for admission of their respective daughters.

Harvard said this appears to be a one time event and not related to that college admissions scandal, known as “Operation Varsity Blues.”

“Our current understanding is that these allegations are not related in any way to the ‘Operation Varsity Blues’ scheme to influence student college admissions decisions at several prominent American research universities,” Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences Dean Claudine Gay said in a statement Thursday.

Zhao has denied the allegations, saying he bought the home as a personal favor to Brand, who he contends is a close friend.

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