Wealthy Palo Alto parents became the latest addition to those convicted in college admissions scandal after admitting in a Boston federal courtroom on Tuesday that they had paid $ 25,000 in bribes to cheat the admission exam of their child, KPIX5 reported.
Dr Gregory Colburn, 63, and his wife, Amy, 61, have pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire and courier fraud, as well as honest courier and wire fraud services. Six weeks before their trial in federal court, the couple agreed to the plea deal.
In a statement, Acting US Attorney Nathaniel Mendell confirmed that the Colburns have admitted to pleading guilty to their involvement in the College Board deception. The two allegedly paid William “Rick” Singer $ 25,000 to bribe a corrupt test administrator, Igor Dvorskiy.
Fake test proctor Mark Riddell was hosted by Dvorskiy. Mendell said Riddell had dishonestly raised Colburn’s son’s SAT exam score.
Singer, Dvorskiy, and Riddell were convicted of federal charges for their role in the deception.
According to Mendell’s office, the wealthy parents agreed to spend eight weeks in jail as part of the plea deal. This, however, must always be granted court approval. Apart from that, they will also have one year of supervised release, a fine of $ 12,500 and 100 hours of community service.
Sentencing in the case was set by U.S. District Court Judge Nathaniel M. Gorton for April 14.
The Colburns are the latest addition to an estimated 60 wealthy parents, athletic mentors, among others, who face charges in the “Operation Varsity Blues” case. Singer led the hoax, which involved manipulating test scores and compensating athletic coaches to land students at major universities across the country, prosecutors said.
They became the 36e and 37e parents convicted in post-trial college admissions case.