Former Stanford Coach Avoids Prison in First Sentencing of College Admissions Scandal

HeadlineJun 13, 2019

Former Stanford University sailing coach John Vandemoer has avoided a possible prison term for his role in a college admissions cheating scandal that saw wealthy and powerful parents spend millions of dollars in bribes to get their children into elite universities. On Wednesday, a U.S. district court judge in Boston sentenced Vandemoer to two years’ supervised release and a $10,000 fine, after he pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges. Prosecutors asked for a 13-month prison sentence. They say Vandemoer took in over $600,000 in bribes to fast-track student applicants for Stanford’s sailing team, funneling the money to the Stanford sailing program. The two students he received the bribes for did not attend Stanford.

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