A Manhattan lawyer who admitted paying $75,000 to rig his daughter’s ACT score was sentenced to a month in prison Thursday for his role in the college admissions bribery scandal, prosecutors said  Gordon Caplan, 53, also was ordered to serve 250 hours of community service and pay a fine of $50,000 Advertisement  Prosecutors wanted a sentence of eight months in prison for the already disbarred former lawyer who lives in Greenwich, Conn  Caplan’s lawyers said he deserved no more than two weeks behind bars.  In a recent court filing seeking leniency, the former chairman of Willkie Farr & Gallagher on Seventh Ave said he’s now a “broken man” with a “ruined reputation.”  “I take full and sole responsibility for my conduct and I am deeply ashamed of my behavior and my actions,” he previously said when he first agreed to plead guilty in the case  He stressed his teen daughter had “no knowledge whatsoever about my actions.”  Officials say Caplan, who lives in Greenwich, Conn , was caught on a wiretap agreeing to pay the hefty sum to have a ringer correct answers on his daughter’s ACT  “I’m not worried about the moral issue here. I’m worried about the, if she’s caught doing that, you know, she’s finished,” he said during the call with admitted scam ringleader William “Rick” Singer, according to an affidavit in the case  Dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, the overall cheating scandal is said to be the largest ever prosecuted by federal authorities  Officials claim 35 parents conspired with Singer, several test professionals and corrupt coaches to get their kids into elite universities such as Yale, Stanford, UCLA and Georgetown through so-called “side door” schemes  The three parents sentenced before Caplan all received prison time as well.  Stephen Semprevivo, 53, got a four-month prison sentence for paying $400,000 to sneak his son through a “side door” at Georgetown as a fraudulent tennis recruit  His fellow California dad Devin Sloane was sentenced to four months as well, while actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to two weeks behind bars for paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT exam  Fifteen parents have pleaded guilty in the case, while 19 are contesting the charges  Among those still fighting are “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli Advertisement The wealthy couple is accused of staging photos and paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into USC as fake rowing recruits, even though the girls had no crew team experience  Loughlin and Giannulli have been charged with money laundering and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and honest services mail and wire fraud  The charges carry up to 20 years in federal prison and hefty fines.

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Dennis Veasley

2 thoughts on “Millionaire Manhattan lawyer becomes 4th parent sentenced to prison in college admissions scandal”

  1. Who turned all these people in, this stuff happens all the time.

    I mean you know George Bush…….. went to college. 🤷
    Thaaaaat there should've raised some eyebrows especially after he became president….. twice

    Just saying….


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