Parenting book author gets prison for U.S. college admissions scam


BOSTON (Reuters) – A advertising govt who authored a parenting tips e-book was sentenced on Wednesday to 3 weeks in jail for taking section in a huge U.S. college admissions dishonest and fraud plan in purchase to support her son acquire an unfair benefit.

Jane Buckingham, a California marking govt who authored a very best-advertising parenting ideas e-book, walks in to the federal courthouse for her sentencing listening to in a nationwide university admissions dishonest plan in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S., October 23, 2019. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Jane Buckingham, 51, acquired considerably less than the six-month jail term that federal prosecutors in Boston sought after she admitted to shelling out $50,000 to have a corrupt examination proctor secretly acquire the ACT higher education entrance exam on her son’s behalf.

U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani turned down a request by defense legal professionals to sentence the creator of “The Modern-day Girl’s Manual to Motherhood” to probation just after noting other wealthy parents also gained prison time for their roles in the scheme.

“It’s a major criminal offense,” stated Talwani, who also purchased Buckingham to spend a $40,000 fine.

Buckingham is amid fifty two people charged with participating in a plan in which rich dad and mom conspired with a California college or university admissions advisor to use bribery and other varieties of fraud to safe the admission of their young children to top rated universities.

William “Rick” Singer, the consultant, pleaded guilty in March to expenses he facilitated cheating on college entrance examinations and aided bribe sports coaches at universities to present his clients’ small children as pretend athletic recruits.

The 35 moms and dads billed considering that March contain “Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman, who previous 7 days commenced serving a 14-day jail time period following pleading guilty, and “Full House” star Lori Loughlin, who is combating the fees.

Prosecutors stated Buckingham, the founder of a thriving marking firm in California, in 2018 paid out Singer $fifty,000 to have an associate just take the ACT entrance test in put of her son in get to inflate the rating.

The associate was Mark Riddell, a counselor at a Florida private university who has pleaded responsible to using SAT and ACT university entrance examinations in area of Singer’s clients’ small children or correcting their answers while performing as a check proctor.

In court, Buckingham apologized for her perform, declaring “nothing will at any time make up for what I have performed.”

“I genuinely want to apologize to the families and youngsters who did not have the strengths we did,” she said. “It was incorrect, and it was unfair.”

Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston Editing by Chris Reese