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Mother Sentenced To Prison For Falsely Claiming Son Was Black And Latino To Get Him Into College

On Wednesday, a California mother involved in Rick Singer’s college test score inflation scheme, was sentenced to three weeks in prison. Marjorie Klapper of Menlo Park falsely said that her white son was black and Latino as well as a first-generation college student.

Klapper is the ninth parent to be sentenced for her role in the college admissions scandal that also involves Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.

In 2014, Singer assisted Klapper’s eldest son—who had been accused of cheating on the SAT due to a discrepancy between his PSAT and SAT scores as well as “substantial agreement” between his answers and the answers of another student. Singer provided ETS with a fake invoice explaining that the scores had improved because Klapper’s son had taken over 170 hours of private tutoring. ETS canceled the scores.

In 2016, Klapper reached out to Singer again in order for her son to take his SAT at Singer’s rigged West Hollywood testing center. She paid $15,000 for his services.

According to prosecutors, Klapper engaged in numerous types of fraud over the course of three years on behalf of both of her sons.

“Ms. Klapper thereby not only corrupted the standardized testing system, but also specifically victimized the real minority applicants already fighting for admission to elite schools,” U.S. Attorney Andrew E. Lelling said.

“She purposefully sought to portray her son as a minority, and the child of parents who did not attend college, despite the fact that he was neither, because she thought that lie would further bolster his college prospects,” prosecutors explained in a sentencing memo.

“She thereby increased the likelihood that her fraud would come at the expense of an actual minority candidate, or an applicant who was actually the first in his or her family to attend college.”

Klapper pleaded guilty and was sentenced to one year of supervised release. She was also ordered to complete 250 hours of community service and mandated to pay a $9,500 fine.