“I was scared, I was stupid, and I was so wrong,” actress Felicity Hoffman told federal court, accepting responsibility for her role in a bribe scheme to help her daughter, Sophia, get into college. “I feel very ashamed of what I did.”
It was alleged that what Hoffman did was pay $ 15,000 disguised as a charitable contribution to Dr Sophia’s entrance exam results.
Hoffman pleaded guilty to one federal fraud charge in May, and this week She was sentenced to 14 days in prison. She is the first parent involved in a widespread scandal to be judged, but how does it compare to other penalties handed down in school crime cases?
Slap on the wrist
Hoffman’s sentence includes one year of supervised release and a $ 30,000 fine. Compared to the extreme penalties she has faced – 20 years in prison, three-year supervised release, a $ 250,000 fine, and compensation – the actress is out of the light.
Assistant Attorney General Eric Rosen argued in court, “With all due respect to the accused, welcome to parenthood.” “There is no guideline. Parenting is stressful and stressful, but this is what every parent goes through.”
“In my despair about being a good mother, I pushed myself to believe that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair chance,” Hoffman wrote in a letter to Judge Indira Talwani. “I see irony in that statement now because what I did was the opposite of fairness.” to me Shipping documentsHavman and her husband, William H. Messi also planned to follow the same scheme again for their youngest daughter before deciding not to.
Slapping on the handcuffs
Although both prosecutors and Hoffman’s defense team have argued that her fame and fortune should not be seen during her sentencing, her two-week prison sentence was deemed unusually lenient, particularly when Along with the 5-year prison sentence handed down to Tonya McDowell, Who was charged with first-degree theft to send her son to the wrong school district.
McDowell was homeless in 2011, when she was arrested for stealing $ 15,000 (the alleged value of her 5-year-old son’s education in elementary school) from a school district in Connecticut. Such as I mentioned at the time:
However, police began the investigation in January, after the Norwalk Housing Authority complained that McDowell had registered her son at Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, even though she was living in an apartment on Priscilla Street in Bridgeport.
McDowell admitted to police that the tenant allowed her to sleep in an apartment on Priscilla Street in Bridgeport, but that she had to leave during the day, according to the attorney. She also told the police that she sometimes stayed at an emergency shelter in Norwalk.
Police say McDowell used the babysitter’s Norwalk address to register it for the school. After investigation, the babysitter was evacuated.
Fraud to enroll in school It can be really expensiveHowever, it turns out that some scams are more expensive than others.