A wealthy Californian prophet was sentenced to up to five months in jail for tens of thousands of dollars for artificially raising his daughter's SAT credit and attempting to reinstate her as a water polo player at Southern University. California, federal prosecutors
The sentence for the 53-year-old San Francisco-Augustine-Francisco Hunay is the longest term in a jail cell that has yet to hit anyone in a mass college complaints scandal. The scheme showed how rich and powerful tried to use their resources to fraudulently get their children to university.
More than 50 people, including mastermind William "Rick" Singer, who pleaded guilty in March, have been charged.
Hunay is the fifth father to be convicted under the scheme of deception. The former chairman of the Honeus Vineyard in California's Napa Valley pleaded guilty to one of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and mail fraud with honest services in May.
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The intended scam was intended to force students into elite universities to recruit athletes, even if they did not play sports, and to help students process or pass their standardized exams to college. 19659002] Prosecutors have stated in a memorandum of sentencing that Guney is the only person to date who has pleaded guilty to both aspects of the affair: Raising her child's bills and trying to coerce her daughter into cheating on an athlete. They said Guneus agreed to pay $ 300,000.
"He was prepared to commit as much fraud as was required to secure his daughter's admission to college," prosecutors wrote.
Guney stated in a letter to a judge last month that his actions, not helping his daughter, had actually harmed her and demonstrated that he did not believe in her. He said it conveyed to his daughter "because of the most terrible public shame and at such a critical moment in her life."
"I now understand that the deception on her behalf was not about helping her, but about how it would make me feel," he wrote. "In the end, my own ego brought me down."
] Hunneus made a $ 50,000 donation to Singer's fraudulent charity to raise her estimates, and then participated in a scheme to send USC a fabricated SAT bill and a fake photo profile to try to get her to work as a water polo player. Prosecutors said she played water polo but not at the level requiring recruitment
Hunaeus wrote a $ 50,000 check to then-USC Senior Athletic Director Donny Genel, who was allegedly assigned to the "USC Women's Athletic College" effort, prosecutors said, before being arrested. was able to make a final payment of $ 200,000.
Four other parents were previously convicted, with Stephen Semprevo and Devin Sloan sentenced to four months each. Actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in prison last month.
Another actress accused of the scheme, Laurie Lofflin, best known for her role in the 1980s-90s sitcom – pleaded not guilty and is struggling.
Prosecutors say she and her husband, a fashionable man designer Mossimo Gannulli, agreed to pay bribes totaling $ 500,000. , conspiracy and obstruction of the prosecution. He cooperated with the authorities and bore the lead for the FBI. The singer faces up to 65 years in prison.
Associated Press contributed.