In the midst of the recent college admissions scandal where dozens of wealthy parents have been charged with illegally paying to have their children admitted to elite schools including the University of Southern California, Stanford, and Yale another wealthy parent gets nabbed. This scandal made its way into the headlines with the revelations of actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin’s charges for paying to get their children fraudulently into school.
On Tuesday, September 24, a well-to-do California businessman was sentenced to prison for spending $250,000 to gain admission for his son to the University of Southern California (USC). The man’s son was to be portrayed as an international polo star even though the young man did not know how to play the sport. Using polo gear to pose for pictures and through the assistance of a graphic design firm, the businessman framed his son in a way to have him look the part of an expert polo player.
Devin Sloane, 53, pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in May. He was sentenced to face four months in prison and two years of supervised release. Additionally, Sloane must complete 500 hours of community service. Sloane is a chief executive of AquaTecture LLC, a water and wastewater company. He was also fined $95,000.
William “Rick” Singer headed the fraudulent ring of accepting money for lying about athletic recruits. Singer plead guilty to his part in the scandal and is currently awaiting his own sentencing and fate. The revelations made in the public scandal, named “Operation Varsity Blues” by federal authorities, has taken the nation by storm.
The government prosecutors wanted Sloane to face a steeper punishment served in jail by requesting 1 year and 1 day. They argued that he knew exactly what he was doing and that he was untroubled by the crimes he committed. Sloane’s defense claimed that he was a good man who simply made a mistake. Sloane marks one of the many wealthy parents who have been caught, charged, and sentenced for behaving criminally with regards to fake college admissions. Actress Felicity Huffman paid $15,000 paid money to have her daughter’s SAT scores padded. Huffman was the first parent to be sentenced in the scandal and was given two weeks in jail for her crimes.
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