For the first time, a parent pleading guilty to the college admissions scandal has publicly spoken out about his wrongdoing. High-profile attorney Gordon Caplan expressed remorse on Tuesday in the federal court in Boston after he admitted to a judge that he had paid $ 75,000 to manipulate his daughter's ACT.
"My daughter really is sorry I loved everything about the world, knew nothing about it," said Caplan. "I'm also sorry for all the other kids in the admissions process."
Court records show that the FBI Caplan has repeatedly caught eavesdropping on the program with mastermind Rick Singer. Manhattan's senior attorney told Singer in a conversation, "To be honest, I'm not worried about the moral issue here, I'm worried about it ̵
Agustin Huneeus Jr., a Napa Valley winemaker who pleaded guilty, did not speak with reporters when he left the court. The winery owner pleaded guilty to paying Singer $ 300,000 to increase his daughter's SAT score and spend her as a water polo player to get her into the USC. A source close to the prosecution told CBS News that she was one of several children sent a letter by prosecutors stating that they might have been investigated.
In a written statement, Huneeus apologized "to students who work hard to get to college on their own". He added, "The request was an important step in my quest to take responsibility and accept the consequences for actions that I deeply regret."
Prosecution plans include actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, who are currently working on their defense.
The defense lawyer Vinoo Varghese says an area of interest will lead to overheard talks in court.
"If I'm the representative or lawyer of one of these parents, I'd like to check again what they have against my only client, and then I want to hear what that person has to say, and look two people I can hear the same and come to a different conclusion, "said Varghese.
Gordon Caplan and Agustin Hunneus will be convicted this fall. There are still 50 to 75 more cases related to the scandal that the government is working on, according to a source close to the prosecution.
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