Jane Buckingham, pleading guilty to conspiracy fraud, is now the eleventh mother to be convicted in a broad trial of fraud, bribery, and lies to abuse the college's admissions system. The other 10 convicted parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, were punished with probation sentences of up to 5 months in prison.
Buckingham is author of the "Modern Girl's Guide to Motherhood" and founder of a successful marketing firm, according to prosecutors.
As part of the cheating attempt, Buckingham gave the scammer Rick Singer an example of her son's handwriting so the examiner Mark Riddell could mimic her for the exam. Singer and Riddell have both pleaded guilty.
Buckingham's son eventually received a score of 35 out of 36 on the ACT. Subsequently, she transferred $ 35,000 to a bank account controlled by Singer's charitable organization, informing her that she would require her former spouse to pay the remaining $ 1
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Buckingham wanted to investigate, according to the prosecutor, a second time scam for her daughter, but was "arrested before she had the opportunity to engage in the fraud a second time" fraudulent Scheme "aggressive".
In their conviction record to the government, Buckingham's lawyers did not demand a suspended sentence.
"Ms. Buckingham's assumption of responsibility occurred immediately after her arrest, because she had already realized that she had committed a crime, and unlike other defendants, she never tried to convince herself that her actions were legitimate," she wrote the lawyers.
"On the day of her arrest, she explained to her children that she would plead guilty, spending the day in prison after losing consciousness when she was arrested, and when she got home, it was her first priority "To make sure her children understood that she would take responsibility for her crime," the lawyers wrote.