United States: California couple pleads guilty in college bribery scheme

A couple pleaded guilty Tuesday to bribing their daughter’s way into the University of Southern California as part of the college admissions cheating scheme.

Diane Blake and Todd Blake from Ross, California, appeared before a Boston federal court judge via video conference because of the coronavirus pandemic and admitted to participating in the bribery scheme involving wealthy parents and elite universities across the country.

Under their plea deals, Diane Blake has agreed to serve six weeks in prison, while Todd Blake has agreed to serve four months. The judge said he will decide whether to accept the deals after considering the presentencing report, a document that contains background on defendants, and helps guide sentencing decisions.

The original full article can be found at washingtonpost.com.

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