USC parent sentenced to 6 months in prison for college admissions scandal

Toby Macfarlane received the longest prison term to date in the Varsity Blues scandal after he admitted to paying $450K in bribes to get two of his kids into USC.
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sentencing in the college admissions scandal. The longest yet, a father pleading guilty to paying $450,000 to bribe his children's way into usc getting six months behind bars. Whit Johnson is here with the good morning, whit. Reporter: Michael, good morning to you. Not only did this father admit to paying big money in bribes but did it twice for two of his children and the judge let him have it in the courtroom calling him a thief and a liar in a case that has striking similarities to other high-profile parents. Trying to dodge the cameras, Toby Macfarlane retreating into a Starbucks outside Boston federal court. The former insurance executive sentenced to six months, the longest prison term to date in that "Varsity blues" college admissions scandal. Macfarlane admitted to paying $450,000 in bribes to get two of his kids into usc claiming his daughter was a top level soccer recruit and falsely describing his son as a 6'1" basketball standout even though he's really 5'5". In court the judge calling Macfarlane a thief saying, you had the audacity and the self-aggrandizing impudence to use your wealth to cheat and lie your way around the rules. A stiff sentence that could have implications for similar cases like "Full house" star Lori Loughlin and her husband mossimo giannulli, accused of paying even more money, $500,000 to get their two girls in as fake athletic recruits. They're fighting back pleading not guilty to a new bribery charge. Reversing their plea is still an option. The latest defendant to flip Wednesday, the prestigious west Hollywood prep school director now pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit racketeering. He's accused of accepting bribes of $10,000 per student totally nearly $200,000 to help them cheat on S.A.T. And A.C.T. Tests to allow a proctor to replace exam answers with corrected according to authorities of the 35 parents indicted 14 including actress felicity Huffman allegedly sent their children to his testing center. He's now cooperating with prosecutors who are recommending 24 to 30 months in prison. He agreed to forfeit nearly $150,000 which prosecutors say is close to the amount he made from the scheme. Macfarlane has to pay a fine of 150,000 plus two years supervised release and that's after he gets out of prison. Wow. It keeps going. All right, whit, thank you.

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