Ex-tennis academy president gets three months in penal advanced for U.S. college scam
BOSTON (Reuters) – The broken-down president of a personal tennis academy in Texas changed into sentenced on Friday to three months in penal advanced after admitting he acted as a intermediary to pay bribes to wait on the adolescents of rich parents make admission to selective universities.
Federal prosecutors in Boston had sought six months in penal advanced for Martin Fox for helping pay bribes to varsity coaches to designate adolescents as faux athletic recruits and to a college entrance examination administrator to facilitate dishonest.
U.S. District Bewitch Indira Talwani known as it an “offense of greed that the defendant in actuality had no reason to be doing.” But given most modern successfully being disorders Fox has confronted, she imposed a shorter penal advanced duration of time to be followed by three months in house confinement.
Fox, who pleaded guilty final year to racketeering conspiracy, must also pay a $95,000 exquisite and forfeit $245,000 that he earned thru the plot, whose mastermind paid him to facilitate bribes.
“I’m ashamed of what I’ve done,” Fox, 63, mentioned throughout a virtual courtroom hearing on Friday. “My parents raised me better than this.”
Fifty-eight other folks dangle been charged within the scandal, in which prosecutors mentioned parents conspired with California college admissions advisor William “Rick” Singer to real their adolescents’s college admissions fraudulently.
The fogeys encompass “Desperate Housewives” massive title Felicity Huffman, who acquired a 14-day penal advanced sentence, and “Elephantine Condominium” actress Lori Loughlin, who changed into sentenced to two months in penal advanced. Singer pleaded guilty in March 2019.
Prosecutors mentioned that from 2015 to 2017, Fox acted as a intermediary for Singer to pay bribes to coaches on the University of Texas and University of San Diego in change for designating three adolescents as athletic recruits.
They mentioned Fox also funneled bribes to a college entrance examination administrator in Houston to facilitate dishonest on ACT and SAT exams by four adolescents of Singer’s shoppers.
Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; modifying by Diane Craft