Cou­ple get month sen­tence in col­lege test scan­dal

The Morning Call - - NATION & WORLD -

BOS­TON — A busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive and his wife, a for­mer jour­nal­ist, were each sen­tenced to a month in prison Tues­day for pay­ing $125,000 to rig their daugh­ter's col­lege en­trance ex­ams in a scan­dal in­volv­ing dozens of wealthy and some­times fa­mous par­ents.

Gre­gory and Mar­cia Ab­bott, of New York and Colorado, were sen­tenced in Bos­ton's fed­eral court after plead­ing guilty to a sin­gle count of fraud and con­spir­acy.

The Ab­botts paid $50,000 to have a test proc­tor cor­rect their daugh­ter's ACT exam answers in 2018, along with $75,000 to rig her SAT sub­ject tests in math and lit­er­a­ture, au­thor­i­ties said. They kept the scheme hid­den from their daugh­ter.

Mean­while, the case's lead pros­e­cu­tor said he plans for longer prison sen­tences for “Full House” star Lori Lough­lin and other par­ents con­test­ing charges.

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