Three weeks in jail? The penalties in this scandal have been pretty light so far.

CBS News reports:

CEO sentenced to 3 weeks in college admissions scandal

Jane Buckingham, a marketing CEO in California, was sentenced Wednesday to three weeks in prison and a year of supervised release as part of the college cheating scandal. Buckingham, 50, was also ordered to pay a $40,000 fine.

Starting in 2018, Buckingham agreed to pay $50,000 for her son’s participation in a college entrance exam cheating scheme, according to a press release from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts. As part of the scheme, Buckingham arranged for her son to take the ACT exam at a center in Houston “controlled” by William “Rick” Singer, where purported proctor Mark Riddell could correct his answers.

But after her son was unable to fly to Houston due to a medical condition, the press release states, Riddell took the ACT for him in a Houston hotel. Buckingham administered a fake exam to her son at her home in Los Angeles. The Associated Press reports Riddell scored a 35 out of 36.

Three days later, Buckingham donated $35,000 to Singer’s “sham” charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, the press release stated, and told Singer that her ex-husband would pay the remaining $15,000.

In October 2018, Buckingham told Singer that she wanted to use the same scheme to help her daughter, the press release stated — but she was arrested before she could move forward.

In May 2019, she pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.


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