The broad admissions scam consisted of a test-cheating scheme and an athlete recruitment scheme, and those who participated in the test-cheating scheme have gotten lower sentences.
US District Judge Indira Talwani has doled out sentences well below prosecutors’ recommendations in each case. Prosecutors had asked for one month behind bars for Huffman, 13 months in prison for Semprevivo, and one year and one day for Sloane.
Sixteen parents, including Caplan, have pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy charges.
Caplan pleaded guilty in May to fraud conspiracy and admitted to paying a fake charity run by scam mastermind Rick Singer to facilitate cheating on his daughter’s ACT exam. As part of the scheme, a paid proctor corrected answers after Caplan’s daughter had completed the test.
Caplan left the law firm as a result of his involvement in the scam, the firm said in April.
The complaint against Caplan includes several conversations between Caplan and Singer in which Singer describes how the scheme works and encourages Caplan’s daughter “to be stupid” and apply to a psychologist for extra time on the test.
“I take full and sole responsibility for my conduct and I am deeply ashamed of my behavior and my actions,” Caplan said. “I apologize not only to my family, friends, colleagues and the legal bar, but also to students everywhere who have been accepted to college through their own hard work.”
CNN’s Mark Morales and Brian Vitagliano contributed to this report.