Ex-Insurance Exec Faces Judgment In College Admissions Scam

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BOSTON (AP) — A former insurance executive is returning to court to be sentenced for paying $450,000 to get his son and daughter into the University of Southern California as fake athletes.

Toby MacFarlane is scheduled to be sentenced in Boston's federal court Wednesday. The 56-year-old Del Mar, California, resident pleaded guilty to a single count of fraud and conspiracy in June.

Authorities say MacFarlane paid the scheme's organizers $200,000 to get his daughter into USC as a fake soccer star in 2014, and then paid $250,000 to get his son admitted as a fake basketball recruit in 2017.

Prosecutors are recommending a year in prison. His lawyers say he deserves leniency.

MacFarlane has apologized and said he agreed to participate in the scheme at a time when his marriage was falling apart.

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