So far, much of the coverage surrounding the college admissions scandal has focused on the celebrity participants. But Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin aren't the only parents involved. All together there were over 30 parents involved. Now, one of them is has received his sentence. And it is the harshest sentence so far.
Toby Macfarlane, from Del Mar, California, was sentenced to six months in jail for his participation in Operation Varsity Blues. U.S. District Judge Nathaniel M. Gordon also sentenced Macfarlane to two years of supervised release. Additionally, he must pay a $150,000 fine and perform 200 hours of community service. So far, Macfarlane is serving the longest sentence of anyone involved in the college admissions scandal.
In June, Toby Macfarlane pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Macfarlane, who is a former real estate agent, agreed to pay $450,000 to get his son and daughter into the University of Southern California (USC) as fake athletic recruits.
Judge calls USC dad a 'thief,' gives longest prison sentence so far in college admissions scandal— soccerman (@soccerm00956420) November 14, 2019
Toby MacFarlane, a California real estate executive, received six months for his actions in the college admissions scandal. It's the longest so far.
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The money was paid to Rick Singer, the alleged mastermind at the center of the scandal. Macfarlane, a USC alum himself paid the money to exaggerate the kids' athletic abilities and height. They also exaggerated their previous involvement level in sports.
To express his remorse, Macfarlane wrote a letter to the judge. “I knew it was wrong, but at the time I was feeling completely overwrought and all I could think of was not having to worry about my kids getting into college. Foolishly and selfishly, I took the easy way out," he says. Additionally, he apologized to everyone affected by his decision to be involved.
Many elements to Macfarlane's involvement in the scandal sound very similar to Lori Loughlin. She and her husband Mossimo Gianulli paid Rick Singer $500,000 to have their daughter's admitted to USC as members of the crew team. They're currently facing 50 years each in prison. Earlier this year, they pleaded not guilty to counts of money laundering, mail fraud, and honest services mail fraud. And earlier this month they plead not guilty to a third round of charges. The new charges state that they, along with other parents conspired to commit federal program bribery. Because they bribed USC employees to get their kids admitted.
While there's no date for Macfarlane to turn himself in, actress Felicity Huffman recently served 11 days of a 14 day sentence. Unfortunately it's too late to work Macfarlane's sentencing into the Lifetime movie about the whole scandal.