Ex-Stanford Coach to Serve One Day in Prison in College Admission Scandal
John Vandemoer, a former sailing coach for Stanford University, was the first person sentenced in the college admission scandal. Vandemoer was sentenced to one day in prison on Wednesday in his role in assisting kids of wealthy parents bypass regular admission requirements.
U.S. District Court Judge Rya W. Zobel gave Vandemoer virtually a time-served sentence. Zobel also ordered Vandemoer to pay $10,000 in fines and spend two years on supervised release with six months of home confinement.
Vandemoer earlier pled guilty to accepting $770,000 in bribes between 2016 and 2018. Zobel considered as a mitigating factor that Vandemoer didn’t place the money into her personal account, but instead placed the money towards the sailing program. Zobel stated that Vandemoer appeared to be the “least culpable” among all defendant’s in the case.
This case is among a host of defendant’s the U.S. Attorney’s Office has indicted throughout the course of their investigation. Other defendants include Lori Loughlin known as Aunt Becky from the sitcom Full House, and Felicity Huffman, from the show Desperate Housewives. Loughlin has pleaded not guilty and faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted. Huffman pleaded guilty earlier this year and is expected to cooperate in the government’s ongoing investigation.
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