California Couple Agrees to Responsible Pleas in School Rip-off – NBC Los Angeles

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California Couple Agrees to Guilty Pleas in College Scam – NBC Los Angeles

A California couple agreed on Friday to plead guilty to having paid $ 250,000 to take their daughter to the University of Southern California as fake volleyball recruits.

Diane Blake and Todd Blake will later plead guilty to a judge, the Boston prosecutor said in a statement on Friday. The Ross, California couple had initially pleaded not guilty, news agencies previously reported.

The actress received her sentence on Friday for her role in a nationwide fraud program for college admissions.

The couple have been accused of tapping William "Rick" Singer, who, according to the authorities, was the pioneer of the extensive nationwide program to facilitate his daughter's admission to the USC. According to the lawsuit against the couple, published on the U.S. attorney's website, Todd Blake sent a check for $ 50,000 to USC Women & # 39; s Athletics and transferred $ 200,000 to a charity charity founded by Singer.

USC spokeswoman Lauren Bartlett said in an email that the university would not comment on the case.

55-year-old Diane Blake will plead guilty to a conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud and honest wire and mail fraud services, she said in her consent form. 54-year-old Todd Blake will plead guilty to the same charge as well as a conspiracy to commit money laundering, he said in his consent form. According to her plea agreement, Diane Blake agreed to spend six weeks in prison, while Todd Blake agreed to serve four months. Everyone also agreed to a $ 125,000 fine and two-year supervised release with 100 hours of community service.

Charges against conspiracy to commit bribery through federal programs and conspiracy to commit money laundering against both Blakes are dismissed under the opposition agreements.

An email to the Blakes attorneys was not immediately returned.

Singer pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the government's investigation into what the authorities have termed "Operation Varsity Blues" – a series of charges that have shaken the world of higher education, sports, and entertainment.

Dozens of wealthy parents, sports coaches, and others were charged with the program last year. Parents paid bribes to take their children to top universities with false test results or fake sports qualifications, the authorities say. The Blakes are the 27th and 28th parents who plead guilty to fraud, the U.S. Attorney said.

Others who plead guilty include full house actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, who pleaded guilty in May for having paid half a million dollars to get their two daughters to the USC bring. A judge has yet to decide whether to accept business with prosecutors.

Actress Desperate Housewives, Felicity Huffman, also pleaded guilty to paying $ 15,000 for her daughter's entrance exam and was sentenced to two weeks in prison.

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