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10-07-2019 09:33 AM - edited 10-07-2019 10:57 AM
Another parent sentenced on Friday: Agustin Huneeus, a Napa winemaker was sentenced to 5 months in prison, the longest sentence thus far.
He was to pay $300,000 to have his daughter recruited to USC as a water polo player, a sport she did not play.
She was never admitted to USC and Huneeus paid only $100,000 of the agreed upon amount.
From his statement:
Every spot in every college is important to our society. Nothing has a larger impact on income inequality and social mobility than a college education. Millions of kids apply to college ever year and top colleges can accept just a tiny percentage of them. And many of these spots are reserved for donors, athletes and legacies so the odds are even tougher for most.
I am deeply ashamed of myself for taking part in a scheme that could have taken a deserving student's future away. My actions threatened to disadvantage the very people the system was already stacked against.
Huffman: 14 days
Devin Sloan: 4 months
Stephen Semprevivo: 4 months
Gordon Kaplan: 1 month
10-09-2019 10:24 AM
The first couple was sentenced by Judge Talwani yesterday, Gregory and Marcia Abbott of Manhattan NYC and Aspen.
They are to serve 1 month each for paying a total of $125,000 to have their daughter's ACT and SAT scores altered.
The prosecution sought 8 months and the defense said they should serve no more than the 14 days given Felicity Huffman.
Their terms will be staggered so one will be with their children.
Judge Indira Talwani has often accompanied her sentencing with commentary about the social issues surrounding the actions.
To the Abbotts: "When you are confronted with this option, the question isn't whether I have the money to pay this, the question is whether I should do this or don't I?"
She also pointed out studies which show extended time granting is more prevalent in wealthy regions of the country and suggested that the fairness of exam administration should be reviewed.
10-09-2019 10:35 AM
The prosecutor has spoken out now about Loughlin and her hubby....says their prison sentences will be much longer than Huffman’s. Still can’t imagine why those two have dug in their heels and insist on a jury trial. They can serve 40; years if convicted on all of the charges. Doubt they would ever get that much, but they seem to really be taking a big risk. Hope their attorneys have some really good strategies in mind!
10-09-2019 10:41 AM
The prosecutor said that Huffman was "the least culpable defendant" but I don't quite see that. She absolutely knew what she was doing, it's just her $$$ amount was the lowest.
He also called her "classy" because she " took responsibility almost immediately, was contrite and did not minimize her conduct."
10-10-2019 11:42 AM - edited 10-10-2019 11:44 AM
If it had been any one of us who couldn’t afford a top attorney, we would have gotten years in prison not days.
What goes around comes around, even if it’s not in this lifetime. No one gets away with anything.
Let's be real here. If any of us couldn't afford an attorney, we sure as heck couldn't afford to bribe a college entry official in the first place. I am somewhat amazed this is all she got, but I expect Loughlin will get more because her crimes were more serious.
10-13-2019 08:14 AM
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