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DOJ: “Manifestly Criminal” College-Scam Parents Must Go To Prison
8 September 2019 8 September 2019 / Uncategorized
Wealthy parents busted for their role in the nation’s largest college admissions scandal in US history must go to prison – even if it’s only for a few months, according to the Justice Department. The agency rejected proposals for ‘alternative punishments’ filed a week before the first sentencing.
Prosecutors asked US District Judge Indira Talwani to throw Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman behind bars for one month and order her to pay a $20,000 fine for hiring the scam’s ringleader to boost the SAT score of her daughter, according to Bloomberg. Huffman will stand in front of the judge on Friday.
Home confinement for the parents “would be a penological joke conjuring images of defendants padding around impressive homes,” and community service is “too easily co-opted for its ‘PR’ value,” according to the sentencing recommendations from the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts.
“For wrongdoing that is predicated on wealth and rationalized by a sense of privilege, incarceration is the only leveler: in prison everyone is treated the same, dressed the same, and intermingled regardless of affluence, position or fame,” prosecutors told the court in the memo. –Bloomberg