Douglas Hodge, shown last October outside the federal courthouse in Boston, has actually been sentenced to 9 months in prison.

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Douglas Hodge, shown last October outside the federal court house in Boston, has been sentenced to nine months in prison.

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U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton likewise sentenced Hodge, 61, to 2 years of monitored release and 500 hours of neighborhood service.

The sentence is much less than the 24 months prosecutors were seeking for Hodge.

Some 15 individuals have actually pleaded guilty and have been sentenced to date, according to The Associated Press.

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Last March, the Justice Department charged 50 people for their alleged roles in the scams, which involved supposedly cheating on standardized tests or falsifying athletic accomplishments to increase the possibilities that the children of rich parents would be confessed to elite colleges.

Sometimes, consisting of Hodge’s, moms and dads paid off coaches at elite universities in order to get their children designated as athletic recruits. Prosecutors say that he paid some $850,000 to assist protect admission for his 4 kids– two at University of Southern California and two at Georgetown University.

In October, Hodge pleaded guilty to conspiracy to devote mail fraud and truthful services mail scams.

” I have in my heart the inmost remorse for my actions,” he stated in a letter to the judge last month. “I understand that I unjustly, and ultimately unlawfully, tipped the scales in favor of my children over others, over the hopes and imagine other moms and dads, who had the exact same goals for their children as I did for mine.”

” I am accountable for my actions, and I am prepared to accept the consequences of my wrongful conduct,” he stated.

His legal representatives included that Hodge prepares to “redouble his efforts to produce educational opportunities for underserved kids.” They pleaded for the court to hand down a “simply sentence that suffices, but not higher than required.”

District attorneys informed the court that they considered Hodge amongst the “most culpable” of the parents charged. They explained him as a repeat gamer, “who engaged in the conspiracy again and again, over years.”

According to prosecutors, in 2008, Hodge initially paid for a Georgetown tennis coach to fraudulently recruit his child, making it easier for her to acquire admission to the elite university. As part of the scheme, the mastermind behind the cheating scheme, Rick Vocalist, made the lady’s tennis achievements. For instance, the application declared that she had constructed a tennis court in a Cambodian jungle.

Prosecutors say that Hodge carried out the same kind of scams 2 years later on to secure his child admission to Georgetown, declaring that he was “one of Japan’s top youth tennis gamers” although he was not competitive in the sport.

In 2013, his more youthful daughter was admitted to USC with an application that declared she was “co-captain of a Japanese national soccer group,” court documents mentioned. The next year, he agreed to pay allurements to get his child admitted to USC as a football hire.

Prosecutors say he likewise attempted to utilize allurements to gain a 5th kid admission to Loyola Marymount University, however did not be successful.