College Admissions Scandal: Dad Faces Sentencing for Paying $400K to Get Son Into Georgetown
The college admissions scandal continues to unravel. Los Angeles executive, Stephen Semprevivo, is the third parent to be sentenced today after admitting to paying $400,000 to get his son into Georgetown by having him pose as a fake tennis player.
Back in May, Semprevivo pled guilty to forming part of the college admissions scandal. He was reportedly extremely fixated on his son's future and became the perfect client for college consultant Rick Singer, who has been accused of being the master ring leader in the scandal. He has since been charged with racketeering, money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, according to a criminal complaint.
Prosecutors have recommended that Semprevivo be sentenced to 13 months in prison, pay a fine of $95,000, and pay restitution of $105,000. Soon after the controversy was confirmed, he was fired from his job as chief strategy officer at Cydcor. The prosecution also claims that he "involved his son as an active and knowing participant in the scheme."
Since Felicity Huffman's sentencing, the remaining players being charged in the college admissions scandal are facing tougher consequences. Although the actress will serve 14 days of incarceration, plus a $30,000 fine and will be on supervised release for one year, another dad sentenced on Tuesday received harsher punishment. California businessman, David Sloane, was sentenced this week to four months in prison, ordered to perform 500 hours of community service, and pay a $95,000 fine.
"There are no words to justify my behavior, nor will I offer any excuses or justification," Sloane reportedly said while getting emotional in court. "The crime I committed is unacceptable. In my heart and my soul, I want what's best for my son. I realize now my actions were the antithesis of that."
This is only the beginning. Reportedly 51 people have been charged in connection to the fraud case--33 of those being parents, including Lori Loughlin, who will reportedly receive her sentence later this month.