Boston – A California couple was jailed Tuesday for paying $ 250,000 to admit their daughter to the University of Southern California as a volleyball recruiter – the latest verdicts in a college admission bribery scheme that has disrupted the worlds of higher education, sports and entertainment. .
Diane Blake was sentenced to six weeks in prison while Todd Blake was given four months in prison, under plea dealings with prosecutors..
Diane Blake pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail scams and fraudulent cable and honest services.
Todd Blake pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud via email, truthful mail and mail services, and one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Assistant yo. s. Attorney Leslie Wright described Todd Blake as the most active participant in the fraud but said that his wife is « completely complicit. ». »
She told federal judge in Boston, Diane Blake, at a videoconference hearing over the coronavirus pandemic that she was « really sorry » for her actions.. Her husband said he was « prepared to accept the consequences. »
The Blakes, from Ross, California, Marin County, was among more than 50 people charged in the scheme led by Rick Singer, a college admissions counselor in Newport Beach, who pleaded guilty and is cooperating with prosecutors..
Authorities said The Blakes worked with Singer to get their daughter into USC as a volleyball recruiter in 2018. Authorities said Todd Blake sent a $ 50,000 UCW women’s athletics check to Donna Heinell, co-sports director at the time, and transferred $ 200,000 to the fake Singer charity.. Their daughter was officially accepted a month later.
When a USC official asked him for the money, Todd Blake lied and said it was « to commemorate a friend who was a former women’s basketball coach, » prosecutors said.
More than 40 people have pleaded guilty to charges in the case, including « Desperate Housewives » star Felicity Hoffman, « Full House » actress Lori Loughlin, and Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer, Mossimo Giannulli.
Loughlin late last month began serving a two-month prison sentence for paying $ 500,000 to get her two daughters into the USC as fake recruits for blasphemy.. Liannoli was ordered to come to prison on Thursday to begin his five-month sentence.
Hoffman served a two-week prison term last year for paying $ 15,000 to tamper with her daughter’s SAT score..
Last week, the former president of a private tennis club in Texas was sentenced on Friday to three months in prison followed by three months in house arrest for his role in the college admission bribe scheme.. Martin Fox apologized for his actions during his appearance before a judge in Boston via video conference.
“I feel ashamed of what I did. Fox said, « My parents raised me better than this.
Last year, a Houston man pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiring to extortion in a deal with prosecutors..
The prosecutors requested a six-month prison sentence. Fox’s lawyers urged the judge for leniency, saying he had a health condition and would be at risk behind bars due to the virus.
Prosecutors said Fox acted as a mediator between Singer, coaches, and a test official to facilitate cheating in college entrance exams for the children or help children enroll in school as sports were recruited. .
Authorities said he arranged bribes to pay a student to join the University of Texas as a tennis volunteer, even though the student did not play competitively. Prosecutors say Fox has also brokered a deal to enroll a student into the University of San Diego as a basketball recruiter.
Prosecutors said he personally obtained at least $ 245,000 through the scheme and facilitated thousands of dollars in bribes..
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Nathaniel M.. Gorton, University of Southern California, Sentence, College
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