Federal District Court Judge Indira Taiwani in sentencing a third parent, Stephen Semprevedo, to 4 months in prison, a $100,000 fine and 500 hours of community service. Mr. Semprevado paid $400,000 to get his son into Georgetown as a phony tennis recruit. The “side door” was operated by Rick Singer, a man who collected $25 million from parents and then doled it out to coaches, test proctors, and test takers. In exchange, the takers gave extra time on admissions tests, took the admissions tests, or altered answers to improve test scores. Coaches used their discretionary spots to get the fake athletes admitted.
Judge Taiwani also took issue with the phrase “terrifying admissions process” that parents used as a means of explaining the desperate and illegal measures in the Springer criminal enterprise. “Think about how terrifying that process is for the applicant whose parents didn’t even go to college.”