No Prison For 'Varsity Blues' Burrito Magnate Who Paid Cash

Law360, Boston (October 11, 2019, 6:15 PM EDT) -- Paying his “Varsity Blues” bribe in cash saved a frozen foods entrepreneur from spending time behind bars, as he became the first parent to plead guilty in the college admissions case and avoid prison time following a Friday afternoon hearing.

U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani said Peter Jan Sartorio paid the scheme’s mastermind William “Rick” Singer in cash, so he knew from the start what he was doing was wrong and there was no attempt to fool “himself or anyone else.”

While other parents funneled money to colleges or to Singer’s charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, Sartorio took $15,000 out of...

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