BOSTON (Reuters) – A former Stanford University sailing coach is set to become the first person to be sentenced in the U.S. college admissions scandal after admitting he agreed to help wealthy parents secure spots for their children at the school in exchange for bribes.
Prosecutors plan to ask a federal judge in Boston on Wednesday to sentence John Vandemoer to 13 months in prison after he admitted he agreed to accept $610,000 in bribes to facilitate the admission of the children as sailing recruits.
He is among 50 people, including the actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, whom prosecutors charged in March with participating in a vast scheme overseen by California college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer.
Prosecutors have said the parents paid Singer more than $25 million to bribe coaches at universities, including Stanford, Yale, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, to help their children gain admission as fake athletic recruits.
Parents also paid Singer, who pleaded guilty in March, to arrange to have an associate secretly take college entrance exams in place of their children or correct their answers at test centers he controlled through bribery, prosecutors allege.