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Mom Who Falsely Claimed Minority Status for Son Sentenced

Marjorie Klapper gets 3 weeks in college admissions bribery scandal
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 16, 2019 3:33 PM CDT
This July 20, 2006, file photo, shows the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Calif., where Felicity Huffman is serving her sentence.   (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

(Newser) – The owner of a California jewelry business has been sentenced to three weeks in prison for paying $15,000 to rig her son's ACT exam, the AP reports. Marjorie Klapper was sentenced in Boston's federal court Wednesday after pleading guilty to a single count of fraud and conspiracy. Authorities say the 51-year-old California resident paid $15,000 to have a test proctor correct her son's ACT answers in 2017. She's also accused of falsely listing her son as African American and Hispanic on college applications to increase his chances of getting admitted.

Klapper has said the scheme's organizers listed her son as a minority without her knowledge. Her lawyers say she regrets her involvement in the scheme. Prosecutors were recommending four months in prison. Klapper's lawyers said she deserved home confinement and a $20,000 fine.

(Read more college admissions bribery scandal stories.)

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