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Tuesday, 31st march 2o2o
Mother Sentenced to 7 Months in College Admissions Scam
by Alanna Durkin of The Associated Press

(BOSTON, Massachussetts) — A California woman was sentenced Tuesday to seven months in prison for paying bribes to rig her two daughters' college admissions exams and get one of them into Georgetown University as a fake tennis recruit.

In an unusual hearing held via videoconference due to the virus pandemic, the judge rejected Elizabeth Henriquez's bid to avoid prison because of the public health crisis but is allowing her to remain free until at least June 30 in the hopes that the outbreak will have diminished by then.

“I have every hope that the coronavirus crisis will abate in a matter of months and that Ms. Henriquez will be able to serve her sentence safely and rebuild her life,” U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton said.

Henriquez and her husband were charged with paying $400,000 in bribes to get their oldest daughter into Georgetown as a bogus tennis recruit in 2016.

They also paid bribes to have someone cheat on their daughters' college entrance exams, authorities said.

In one instance, the purported proctor sat next to her daughter while she took a test and fed her the answers and then “gloated” with Henriquez and the teen about how they had cheated and gotten away with it, authorities said.

“This was a long-term scheme where fraud replaced truth in the admissions process for both of her kids," Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen said.

Her husband, Manuel Henriquez, is the founder and former CEO of Hercules Capital, a finance firm in Palo Alto, California.

He is scheduled to be sentenced April 8th.

Her lawyers had urged the judge to give her home confinement, citing a memo written by Attorney General William Barr who said some nonviolent inmates who are particularly at risk to the virus may be safer at home than behind bars.

“I feel so ashamed and I promise to spend the rest of my life trying to repair the harm caused by my immoral actions,” Henriquez told the judge.

Henriquez was sentenced via videoconference to keep people from gathering at the federal courthouse in Boston amid the pandemic.

The judge talked to Henriquez and lawyers over video chat while news media and other members of the public listened on the phone.

The Boston court and halls of justice across the country have delayed jury trials and moved to video and telephone hearings to keep the criminal justice system moving while people are hunkered in their homes.

Prosecutors had argued in court documents that she deserved more than two years behind bars.

Gorton ordered Henriquez to begin serving her prison sentence on June 30th but said he would consider a request to push that back further if necessary.

She is among nearly two dozen prominent parents who have pleaded guilty in a case dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues.”

Others who have admitted to charges include “Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman, who was sentenced to two weeks in prison for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter's entrance exam.

Eight parents, including “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, are scheduled to go to trial in October.

Those parents asked the judge last week to toss the charges, accusing prosecutors of withholding evidence that would support their claims of innocence.

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Friday, 22nd May 2o2o
Lori Loughlin and husband finally plead guilty in college admissions scandal

by Elizabeth Dye

This morning, “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli pled guilty via Zoom to one criminal conspiracy count in the college admissions scandal dubbed Operation Varsity Blues by the FBI.

To wit, Loughlin and Giannulli conspired to pay $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia Jade and Isabella Rose Giannulli into the University of Southern California by disguising them as recruits to the rowing team.

Neither daughter rowed crew, and neither is currently enrolled in school.

Olivia Jade, who presumably understood why she was being posed for photos in a borrowed rowing uniform, is reportedly “devastated” at the prospect of her parents going to jail.

But not as devastated as she would have been had they been sentenced to the decades in prison sought by prosecutors in the original 12-count indictment.

Under the terms of the recently announced pleas, Loughlin, who admitted to “conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud to obtain property,” agreed to just two months in jail, $150,000 in fines, and 100 hours of community service.

Giannuli, who also copped to “honest services wire and mail fraud,” accepted five months behind bars, $250,000 in fines, and 250 service hours.

Good to see the couple finally practicing that personal responsibility they preach.


The couple’s pleas are conditional on acceptance by U.S. District Judge Daniel Gorton, specifying that “If the Court rejects any aspect of this Plea Agreement, the U.S. Attorney may deem the Plea Agreement null and void.”

It remains to be seen whether Judge Gorton will sign off on the pleas, making Loughlin and Giannulli the 23rd and 24th parents to plead guilty in the scheme.

Despite defense attorney William Trach’s request for expedited sentencing to give the couple “finality,” the court scheduled the sentencing date in three months.

Assuming Bill Barr doesn’t swoop in to rescue the trunk supporters from their own guilty pleas, look for defense counsel to argue on August 21st that Loughlin and Giannulli can’t possibly serve a custodial sentence during a pandemic and must be granted home confinement.

Because that train is never, never late!