Parent Sentenced to 5 Months in Federal Prison in College Admissions Scandal

Winemaker Sentenced for Bribing his Daughter’s Way to University


A former California wine businessman was sentenced to five months in federal prison for agreeing to pay $ 300,000 to bribe his daughter’s way into the University of Southern California

Agustin Huneeus, 53, of San Francisco, is the fifth parent to be sentenced in the college admissions scandal.

According to authorities, Huneeus paid $ 50,000 in April 2018 to have his daughter’s SAT score inflated. He then paid an extra $ 50,000 in November 2018, and was planning to pay another $ 200,000 but was arrested before he could finish the deal.

Huneeus pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in May this year in Boston federal court.

In addition to the five months in prison, Huneeus will also pay a $ 100,000 fine and 500 hours of community service. Prosecutors had pushed for 15 months, arguing that Huneeus was one of a few parents charged in the scandal who both cheated on their children’s college entrance exams and paid bribes to see them admitted to elite universities as recruited athletes.

Los Angeles executive Devin Sloane was on September 24, sentenced to four months in federal prison for pleading guilty of paying $ 250,000 to get his son into USC as a sham water polo recruit. Two weeks earlier, actress Felicity Huffman was sentenced to two weeks.

The scandal had led to a total of 52 people, including parents, test proctors, college sports officials, and others being charged.