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Another Parent to be Sentenced in College Admissions Scandal

Another Parent to be Sentenced in College Admissions Scandal

“He knew that what he was doing was wrong and he was utterly untroubled by his crime”

This guy paid a quarter of a million dollars to get his son into a school that costs $60K a year. Amazing.

The College Fix reports:

Second parent to be sentenced in college admissions scandal

The second sentencing in the college admissions scandal is set to take place today, with one father potentially receiving jail time over his role in the widely publicized scam.

Devin Sloane faces a possible prison sentence after paying a quarter of a million dollars to get his son into the University of Southern California, a school that costs just under $60,000 per year to attend. Sloane’s son was accepted there under the auspices of being a water polo athlete, USA Today reports.

Prosecutors asked for a year plus one day in prison, as well as a year of supervised release and a $75,000 fine. His lawyers, however, asked for “2,000 hours community service instead of prison,” as well as the opportunity to “launch and oversee a new Special Olympics initiative at independent schools.”

From the report:

Today’s hearing will test whether U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani metes out different sentences for parents who took part in the recruiting plot rather than the testing scam, and whether she comes down harder on those who paid more money to the scheme’s mastermind Rick Singer.

In a deal with prosecutors, Sloane in May pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

“He knew that what he was doing was wrong and he was utterly untroubled by his crime,” prosecutors wrote in a memo ahead of his sentencing.

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So it’s 4 months for buy an athletic endorsement and only a couple weeks for paying for fraudulent SAT scores.

I would have assigned sentences the other way round because it’s not even clear that the phony athletic endorsements are fraud. Admissions staff are saying now they were fooled, but that gets them off the hook, I have real doubts they were actually clueless.

And the athletic endorsement is only useful at one school, while fake test scores are useful at all potential schools — albeit not a guarantee at any one.

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