A New York man and wife were each sentenced to one month in jail on Tuesday for paying a college admissions fixer to improve their daughter's SAT and ACT scores.
Gregory and Marcia Abbott must also complete a one-year supervised release, pay a $ 45,000 fine, and do 250 hours of community service each, as US District Court Judge Indira Talwani said in Boston.
The couple had already been found guilty in May "My husband and I were both motivated by good intentions … but that does not excuse our actions," Marcia Abbott told Talwani before the verdict NBC Boston .
"I am extremely remorseful and repentant today," she said.
The Procuratorate had asked Talwani to pass the verdict and the abbots eight months in prison each. Defense lawyers had requested parole for the couple.
The couple paid $ 50,000 to have a test leader correct their daughter's ACT exam responses in 2018, and then another $ 75,000 to repair their SAT.
"I knew my daughter got some help that was out of line," Gregory Abbott told the judge before his conviction 19659002 The judge ordered that the couple's sentences be staggered to maximize time at least one of them could be home with their three children.
Gregory Abbott was ordered to report to the Federal Penitentiary on November 20, while Marcia Abbott must report on January 3.
Gregory Abbott lives in Manhattan's Upper East Side and Marcia Abbott, a former fashion editor for Family Circle magazine, lives in Aspen, Colorado.
Gregory Abbott, an alum from Princeton University, received support from his college class Andrew Napolitano, a retired judge from New Jersey, who now works as a legal analyst for Fox News.
The "Greg Abbott I know of is one of the more honest, decent, selfless people I've ever known, "wrote Napolitano in an FNC letterhead, in a letter to Talwani. "His honesty is so deep that I would entrust everything he owns to me without hesitation and hesitation."
The Abbotts are among more than a dozen wealthy parents trapped in the federal probe called Operation Varsity Blues. The parents of the fraud were accused of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to improve their children's test scores or to label them as top athletes in order to obtain special eligibility for elite universities.
TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were the Huffman sentenced to 14 days in jail, and the prosecutor overseeing the case said he wanted Loughlin to have more time if she was convicted or pleaded guilty.
Greenwich, Connecticut, attorney Gordon Caplan, 53, was sentenced to one month in prison. He pleaded guilty in May that he once committed fraud and conspiracy to pay Singer $ 75,000 so a Proctor could correct his daughter's ACT responses last year. He earned no more than 14 days in prison.