Ex-tennis academy president will get three months in jail for U.S. college scam

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Ex-tennis academy president will get three months in jail for U.S. college scam

Ex-tennis academy president will get three months in jail for U.S. college scam

FILE PHOTO: Martin Fox, a veteran president of a non-public tennis academy in Texas, arrives on the federal courthouse earlier than getting into a plea in a nationwide college admissions cheating draw in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., November 15, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

BOSTON (Reuters) – The veteran president of a non-public tennis academy in Texas turn out to be sentenced on Friday to three months in jail after admitting he acted as a middleman to pay bribes to abet the kids of prosperous of us execute admission to selective universities.

Federal prosecutors in Boston had sought six months in jail for Martin Fox for helping pay bribes to university coaches to designate children as false athletic recruits and to a school entrance exam administrator to facilitate cheating.

U.S. District Resolve Indira Talwani called it an “offense of greed that the defendant if truth be told had no reason to be doing.” But given most up-to-date properly being disorders Fox has confronted, she imposed a shorter jail timeframe to be adopted by three months in home confinement.

Fox, who pleaded guilty last year to racketeering conspiracy, need to additionally pay a $95,000 ultimate and forfeit $245,000 that he earned thru the draw, whose mastermind paid him to facilitate bribes.

“I’m ashamed of what I’ve completed,” Fox, 63, acknowledged throughout a digital court hearing on Friday. “My of us raised me better than this.”

Fifty-eight of us had been charged within the scandal, wherein prosecutors acknowledged of us conspired with California college admissions advertising consultant William “Rick” Singer to stable their children’s college admissions fraudulently.

The of us consist of “Desperate Housewives” important person Felicity Huffman, who obtained a 14-day jail sentence, and “Stout Rental” actress Lori Loughlin, who turn out to be sentenced to 2 months in jail. Singer pleaded guilty in March 2019.

Prosecutors acknowledged that from 2015 to 2017, Fox acted as a middleman for Singer to pay bribes to coaches on the University of Texas and University of San Diego in alternate for designating three children as athletic recruits.

They acknowledged Fox additionally funneled bribes to a school entrance exam administrator in Houston to facilitate cheating on ACT and SAT tests by four children of Singer’s shoppers.

Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston; editing by Diane Craft

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