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Harvard Ex-Coach’s Wife Says Alleged Bribes Were Really Loans

Peter Brand
Peter BrandPhotographer: Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe/Getty Images

The wife of the former Harvard University fencing coach accused of taking payments a Maryland businessman to recruit his sons testified the alleged bribes were actually loans that were recently repaid.

Jacqueline Phillips told jurors Thursday that telecommunications tycoon Jie “Jack” Zhao loaned her and her husband Peter Brand more than $500,000 with no repayment plan and sought no interest because he was a “kind,” close friend of her husband, who was Harvard’s head fencing coach for 20 years.