This is a news article about the trial of 2 parents who were convicted in the college admissions scandal. The parents have been accused of paying someone to take an SAT or ACT for their child, and they are now facing jail time. In this article, we will discuss what happened in court today and how it might affect other families going forward.
A federal jury convicted two Southern California parents on fraud and money laundering charges on Thursday in the college admissions bribery scheme.
Bruce Isackson, 59, and his wife Davina Isackson, 56, were each found guilty of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail fraud some of the 14 counts they faced.
Bruce Isackson’s twin brother David was also convicted on the same counts. A fourth defendant, Mark Riddell, was found guilty of conspiracy to defraud the United States and committing mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. He will be sentenced at a later date.
The four defendants were among 50 people charged in a scheme that prosecutors said cheated the admissions process by bribing athletic coaches and using fake credentials to get teenagers into some of the best-known colleges in the United States.
The families spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee their children’s admission under assumed names at schools including Yale University, Stanford University, USC, UCLA, and Georgetown University, according to court papers. 1
The Isackson’s are scheduled to be sentenced on October 22nd, 2019. They are looking at a sentencing guideline of anywhere from 3-5 years in prison for both crimes combined.
US Attorney Andrew Lelling said that the college admissions process should be based on hard work and excellence alone.
These parents are a reminder that we all have to be vigilant, Lelling said.
No students were charged in the case, and prosecutors said none of them knew about the scheme. 2
The prosecution has not yet announced whether they plan to go after the students who had their parents fraudulently get them into school.
However, Lawrence Moniz, a former federal judge in Boston who is now with the New York-based law firm of Foley Hoag LLP said that if they do charge someone it would most likely be under a statute that makes it a crime to access the mail system for fraudulent purposes.
This charge carries a maximum sentence of 5 years and up to $250,000 in fines. 3
Documents released by investigators claim that at least 12 students were admitted as football recruits even though they didn’t play competitively and were not expected to make the team. 4
The Isackson’s, whose daughter is a soccer player, paid $600,000 in total for their child to be recruited into USC as a women’s soccer player. 5
They were offered the chance to pay extra money for the recruiters to “recruit her harder,” which they agreed to do.