(Reuters) – The daddy of a former Georgetown College pupil was sentenced on Thursday to 4 months in jail, the third mother or father within the sweeping U.S. faculty admissions bribery scandal to attract jail time, federal prosecutors mentioned.
Stephen Semprevivo, 53, a Los Angeles govt, was additionally ordered by Boston U.S. District Courtroom Choose Indira Talwani to pay a $100,000 nice, stay on supervised launch for 2 years and supply 500 hours of neighborhood service, prosecutors mentioned.
The sentence, one-third the jail time however twice the quantity of supervised launch beneficial by prosecutors with U.S. Legal professional Andrew Lelling in Boston, follows Semprevivo’s responsible plea in Might to conspiring to commit mail fraud and trustworthy companies fraud.
In all, 50 celebrities, enterprise folks, athletic coaches and others have been charged within the scandal during which mother and father allegedly paid bribes to get their youngsters into prestigious universities.
Two different defendants have drawn jail sentences. Actress Felicity Huffman, 56, was sentenced this month to 2 weeks in federal jail, and California businessman Devin Sloane, 53, on Tuesday drew a fourth-month sentence.
Prosecutors mentioned Semprevivo paid $400,000 to William “Rick” Singer, the California marketing consultant on the heart of the scandal, to assist his son, Adam Semprevivo, enter Georgetown as a tennis recruit, though he didn’t play aggressive tennis.
Singer then paid “a whole bunch of 1000’s of ” to Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst to confess the youthful Semprevivo to the college in 2016, prosecutors mentioned.
Ernst, who left Georgetown in 2018, pleaded not responsible in March to a federal racketeering conspiracy cost.
Prosecutors mentioned the youthful Semprevivo was amongst not less than 12 college students who Ernst designated as tennis recruits from 2012 to 2018, in trade for Ernst’s accepting greater than $2.7 million of bribes from Singer.
In Might, Georgetown expelled Adam Semprevivo, a 21-year-old psychology main who simply accomplished his junior yr, after he sued the college over his therapy, together with its refusal to let him switch to a different faculty and maintain his educational credit, his lawyer mentioned on the time.
No college students have been criminally charged. A number of the 33 mother and father who’ve been charged have mentioned they tried to protect their youngsters from what they had been doing.
Reporting by Peter Szekely in New York; Enhancing by David Gregorio