The college admissions scandal is still raging on, but it's not just big names hitting the headlines. Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin may be the face of the entire scenario but they aren't the only ones to shell out some serious cash under the table. Los Angeles businessman Stephen Semprevivo paid $400,000 in order to get his son into Georgetown University under the guise of a tennis recruit. When he went up against the judges earlier this year, the 53-year-old pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and conspiracy.
He has now been sentenced to 4 months behind bars for his actions. According to CBS Boston, Semprivio teamed up with admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer in order to buy his son's education. Initially, the plan seemed to be working out, despite the teen not playing tennis competitively. He was expelled when news of the scandal broke earlier this year. The businessman was also ordered to pay $100,000 fine, sentenced to 500 hours of community service, and two years of supervised release. Semprevivo received only a fraction of the time prosecutors were asking for, as they were hoping for 13 months in prison.
In a bid to evade prison, L.A. business exec Stephen Semprevivo claimed he was a victim of William "Rick" Singer's far-reaching scheme. It didn't work. https://t.co/i0RTOp1GFK— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) September 26, 2019
When talking to the judge, he appeared tearful, admitting that he was guilty and felt he "should be punished." In August, the father submitted a letter asking for a lenient sentence, explaining that he acted on a "foolish ambition" to make his son happy. He shifted the blame from himself to Singer, whom he said lured him into the deal. It's thought that Singer told his fellow defendant to "donate" the money to a fake charity which he operated in 2016. Police say the admissions consultant then bribed Georgetown tennis coach Gordon Ernst to recruit Semprevivo's son, as well as several others, on false terms.
Steve Boozang, one of Stephen Semprevivo’s attorneys, addresses media after his client received 4 months in prison in the college admissions scandal. He stands by his argument that parents were “victims” of Rick Singer. pic.twitter.com/t7nAbzDz0p— Joey Garrison (@joeygarrison) September 26, 2019
Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have pleaded not guilty to paying $500,000 to get both of their daughters into USC. Felicity Huffman accepted responsibility for paying $15,000 to alter her daughter's SAT score and was the first parent to be sentenced. She received 14 days in prison. Loughlin and Giannulli are still waiting to find out what awaits them, but if found guilty could face some serious jail time.