Winemaker gets toughest sentence yet for role in college admissions scandal – New York Post

Winemaker gets toughest sentence yet for role in college admissions scandal – New York Post

A fifth parent was sentenced Friday in the college admissions scandal — Agustin Huneeus received a five-month prison sentence for agreeing to pay $300,000 to bribe his daughter’s way into the University of Southern California.

The former California wine businessman appeared in court in Boston Friday after pleading guilty in May to a single count of fraud and conspiracy.

Authorities said Huneeus paid $50,000 to rig his daughter’s SAT exam and was planning to pay another $250,000 to bribe her way into USC. He was arrested before finishing the deal, and his daughter was not admitted to the school.

Huneeus has said he is ashamed of his actions and sees that they represent “the worst sort of entitlement,” according to ABC 7.

Prosecutors had recommended a 15-month sentence in prison and a $95,000 fine. His lawyers said he deserved two months, plus a fine.

Huneeus’ sentence has been the longest so far in the scandal. On Sept. 24, Los Angeles executive Devin Sloane was sentenced to four months in federal prison after admitting to paying $250,000 to get his son into USC as a bogus water polo recruit.

Additionally, actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced two weeks earlier to two weeks behind bars, but prosecutors in Sloane’s case said his crimes were “far more egregious” than those of Huffman.

So far the scandal has led to charges against 51 people in all, including 35 parents, exposing a college admissions system long believed to favor the privileged.

In one of the highest-profile cases in the sprawling scandal, actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Gianulli, were accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters on the USC crew team, though neither girl is a rower. The accused couple rejected a plea deal, which others like Huffman accepted, and maintained a not-guilty plea. They were then hit with additional charges of money laundering and conspiracy and could face up to 40 years behind bars if convicted on all accounts.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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