FILE - In this May 21, 2019 file photo, Agustin Huneeus, center, arrives at federal court in Boston, to plead guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Huneeus was scheduled to be sentenced on Friday, Oct. 4. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)

Former vineyard owner gets 5 months in college bribery case

October 04, 2019 - 4:11 pm
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BOSTON (AP) — The former owner of a California wine business has been sentenced to five months in prison for his role in the college admissions scheme .

Fifty-three-year-old Agustin Huneeus, of San Francisco, was sentenced in Boston's federal court Friday after pleading guilty to a single count of fraud and conspiracy.

Authorities say Huneeus paid $50,000 to rig his daughter's SAT exam in 2018 and agreed to pay $250,000 to bribe her way into the University of Southern California as a fake athlete. He was arrested before completing the deal and his daughter was not admitted.

Prosecutors recommended 15 months in prison and a $95,000 fine. His lawyers said he deserved two months and a fine.

Huneeus previously said he was ashamed and saw that his actions represent "the worst sort of entitlement."

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