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Menlo Park woman sentenced to three weeks in prison for role in college admissions scam

Original post made on Oct 17, 2019

A 50-year-old entrepreneur from Menlo Park who fraudulently claimed her son was black or Latino on college applications was ordered to pay a $9,500 fine and spend three weeks in prison, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 17, 2019 at 7:35 am

Did she really think being black or Latino was some kind of advantage in the Trump era?

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Posted by Shawn
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 17, 2019 at 8:01 am

3 weeks.????? What a joke.

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Posted by Barron Park dad
a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 17, 2019 at 9:44 am

Why is the judge handing out so many mere slaps-on-the-wrist? Doesn't seem right.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Oct 17, 2019 at 9:51 am

^ Housing crisis. Need more below-market-rate jails.

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Posted by mauricio
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Oct 17, 2019 at 11:08 am

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I can only imagine the length of her prison sentence if she were actually Black or Latino.

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Posted by melpomene
a resident of Midtown
on Oct 17, 2019 at 11:25 am

These people should be ashamed of themselves. How disrespectful and shameful to claim to be a person of color when they come from the privileged heights of whiteness. What I want to know is if their kids are even talking to them any more. How mortifying for them.

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Posted by Not a crook?
a resident of another community
on Oct 17, 2019 at 12:07 pm

And what about the Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer who accepted $800,000 in bribes for athletics programs.
He gets off with a 10,000 fine and a slap on the wrist.
And *one* day in jail.
Where is the rest of the money?

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Posted by Gale Johnson
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Oct 17, 2019 at 12:54 pm

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Look at the smirk on her face! Disgusting!

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Posted by wander3r
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Oct 17, 2019 at 12:56 pm

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@Not a Crook, it was my understanding that Stanford coach John Vandemoer received a much lighter sentence because he was the only one of the defendants not to take any money for himself personally. Yes, there was a bribe, but it went toward his program not to his pockets. Apparently, all of the others who received bribes pocketed the / some money. And I think he immediately copped to his crime, which probably helped his cause as well.

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Posted by DT North
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 17, 2019 at 2:17 pm

Out of curiosity, honest question for someone who is in the know - what is the percentage “black or Latino” you should be to put this? I am about 1/3 sometimes put it sometimes not on various surveys (not college admissions!) , I honestly thought since affirmative action supposedly is no longer a thing it doesn’t really matter except for some survey somewhere?

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Posted by os123
a resident of Portola Valley
on Oct 17, 2019 at 3:57 pm

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Posted by Tsk
a resident of Downtown North
on Oct 18, 2019 at 3:06 am

I read in another article that Klapper claimed her son has learning disabilities and seizures so her rationalization was that she “wanted him to feel normal.” Smells fishy.

How come no articles state which college he was applying to?

The ACT and SAT should use special paper that detects if answers have been changed, or have some machine that can detect it. Should not be difficult to do. Allow for a certain amount of changes only or disqualify the test if too many. Students have to work fast anyway so they don’t have much time to change their answers. Plus, they will know they have to be sure before marking the answer. Easy fix.

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Posted by Kristin
a resident of Ventura
on Oct 25, 2019 at 12:17 am

I am shocked anyone in this received any prison time at all. Have any of the admissions persons involved in this had any charges brought against them? What of them?! They, in any honest argument, are the real criminals. These parents risked committing not only a sin but a crime to better their child(ren)'s chance at life. By the way, I not only know NO one of these people not even remotely, I am not a parent. The Holier-Than-Thou's on this comment board is what is truly shameful to me, I get a sense of sour grapes from some of you. Hatred for "the rich". It was an unpopular chant uttered by Communists during Lenin. Why do the dogs return to that vomit?