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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fourth Parent Sentenced to Prison in College Admissions Case

BOSTON –  The former co-chairman of a global law firm became the fourth parent to be sentenced to prison in connection with his involvement in the college admissions case.

Gordon Caplan, 53, of Greenwich, Conn., was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani to one month in prison, one year of supervised release, ordered to complete 250 hours of community service and to pay a fine of $50,000. In May 2019, Caplan pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

The government recommended a sentence of eight months in prison, one year of supervised release and a fine of $40,000.

Beginning in 2018, Caplan conspired with William “Rick” Singer and others to have his daughter’s college entrance exam corrected, thereby fraudulently inflating the score. During a June 2018 phone call, Caplan and Singer discussed the scheme and the cost. Over the next several months, Caplan took steps to facilitate the scheme, including securing extended time for his daughter to take the ACT and arranging for her to take the exam at a test center in West Hollywood that Singer “controlled” through the center’s corrupt administrator. During a phone call with Singer that was intercepted pursuant to a Court-authorized wiretap, Caplan noted that he was “not worried about the moral issues here.” Caplan ultimately made payments totaling $75,000 to Singer’s sham charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, to pay for the scheme.

Co-defendants Felicity Huffman, Devin Sloane, and Stephen Semprevivo were previously sentenced to two weeks, four months, and four months in prison, respectively.

Case information, including the status of each defendant, charging documents and plea agreements are available here: https://www.justice.gov/usao-ma/investigations-college-admissions-and-testing-bribery-scheme.          

United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling; Joseph R. Bonavolonta, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Boston Field Division; and Kristina O’Connell, Special Agent in Charge of the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations in Boston made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Eric S. Rosen, Justin D. O’Connell, Leslie A. Wright, and Kristen A. Kearney of Lelling’s Securities and Financial Fraud Unit are prosecuting the case.

 

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Updated October 4, 2019