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Couple Gets Month in Prison for Daughter’s Rigged WeHo SAT Test

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WEST HOLLYWOOD (Bakersfield.com) — A couple who splits their time between New York City and Colorado were sentenced Tuesday to one month in prison each for conspiring to fix their daughter’s college entrance exams in West Hollywood, a scam they decided was worth the $125,000 cost if it boosted her prospects of getting into Duke University, her mother’s alma mater.

In choosing to incarcerate Gregory and Marcia Abbott for a month, U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani stopped short of the eight-month penalty prosecutors had requested. But she also wasn’t swayed by appeals from the Abbotts and their attorneys to spare the couple prison altogether.

The Abbotts are the sixth and seventh parents to be sentenced in the college admissions scandal. Talwani will sentence another six parents in the next month.

In letters to the court and a memorandum filed […]

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