During the longest jail term so far handed in the college's admissions fraud, a former California property manager was sentenced Wednesday to six months.
Toby MacFarlane, 56, of Del Mar, paid bribes to have his two children who were admitted to the University of Southern California as false athletic recruits, prosecutors said.
MacFarlane pleaded guilty in June to a count of conspiracy to commit email fraud and honest email fraud services.
He was also ordered to pay a fine of $ 150,000, perform 200 hours of community service and to be under two years of supervised release, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts said in a statement.
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Before MacFarlane was sentenced, the longest prison term handed to a parent in the sweeping admissions scandal was five months. A judge ordered California winemaker Agustin Francisco Huneeus, 53, to serve five months in October after Huneeus pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit email fraud and honest email fraud services. a football star and his 5-foot-5 son as a 6-foot-1 basketball recruiter so they could enter USC, prosecutors said. MacFarlane paid $ 450,000 in funds controlled by ring leader William "Rick" Singer and Janke for their help with college applications.
MacFarlane's daughter graduated from USC 2018 without ever playing football, and his son was admitted to USC but retired without ever playing basketball.
Janke, from North Hollywood, has pleaded guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on January 15. She pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit brawl in May and agreed to cooperate with the government's investigation, the US Attorney's Office said
More than 50 people have been charged in the merger program. Officials say that rich parents paid to have their students enrolled in elite universities who recruited athletes, even though they did not play sports, and helped them cheat or post standardized college exams.
Singer, the alleged headmistress, has aroused guilt. He carried a thread for the FBI in the investigation, which was called "Operation Varsity Blues."
Also on Wednesday, a university graduate prosecutor who was accused of accepting bribes accused of allowing cheating on SAT and ACT tests.
Igor Dvorskiy, the former director of a private elementary school and western Hollywood, pleaded guilty to a federal court in Boston on Wednesday to a count of conspiracy to commit rage, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Dvorskiy, 53, of Sherman Oaks, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 7, and he is also cooperating with the federal investigation. Prosecutors said that under the basic agreement, the government will recommend a penalty at the low end of the death guidelines with one year of supervised release and a fine.
"Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman is among those accused in the scandal. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 14 days in prison. She served the sentence and was released in October.
"Full House" actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, were also charged and have pleaded guilty. They and other parents received an extra fee added by a grand jury last month.