A California marketing executive and author was sentenced Wednesday to 3 weeks in prison for paying $50,000 to cheat on her son’s college entrance test.
Jane Buckingham, 51, was sentenced in Boston’s federal court after pleading guilty in May to a single count of fraud and conspiracy. She is the 11 th parent to be sentenced in a college admissions bribery plan that captured lots of wealthy moms and dads.
The Los Angeles resident confessed to paying $50,000 to a sham charity run by admissions expert William “Rick” Singer, who then paid off a test proctor to take the ACT test on behalf of her son at a Houston, Texas, testing site in2018 Vocalist has pleaded guilty to his role in the plan.
Buckingham provided her kid a practice test at house and led him to think he was taking the genuine test on his own, authorities stated. Her attorneys stated the procedure was intended to protect him from discovering about the scheme.
It landed her boy a 35 out of 36 on the ACT, positioning him in the 99 th percentile nationally. Buckingham aimed to get her child into the University of Southern California, prosecutors said. It’s unclear whether he registered at the school.
Prosecutors suggested six months in prison and a $40,000 fine, saying Buckingham was “more deeply taken part in the mechanics of the scams than a number of the other moms and dads” in the case. By having a proctor take the test on her kid’s behalf, they stated, she denied him “of even the opportunity to get any of the answers right on his own.”
Buckingham is CEO of the Los Angeles marketing company Trendera and has actually authored several books, consisting of “The Modern Woman’s Guide to Life.” She said sorry in a letter to the court, saying she is embarrassed and has “absolutely no reason.”
” My family and my kids have been fortunate to have so many benefits that other households and children do not,” she wrote. “And yet I committed a crime so that my child could have another benefit, an unjust and illegal one. It was a horrible thing to do.”
More than 50 individuals have actually been charged in the admissions scheme, which involves wealthy and famous parents implicated of paying allurements to rig their kids’s test scores or to get them admitted to elite universities as hired professional athletes.
An overall of 19 moms and dads have actually pleaded guilty, consisting of four who reversed earlier pleas of innocent today. Another 15 are contesting the charges. Trials are anticipated to start in 2020.