In a college admission scandal, husband and wife both to serve one month in prison

A married couple who paid $125,000 for manipulating the grades of their daughter's college entrance exam to get into an elite university were sentenced to one month each in jail on Tuesday.

In a college admission scandal, husband and wife both to serve one month in prison

Gregory and Marcia Abbott are the sixth and seventh parents to be sentenced to high school bribery in the "Operation Varsity Blues" admission scandal that saw wealthy parents pay bribes to bring their children into top schools. Each of them pleaded guilty to one charge of conspiracy in May to commit mail fraud and truthful mail fraud services.

Prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani to impose an eight-month sentence and a $40,000 fine. Lawyers for the couple asked for probation and community service.

In addition to prison time, the Abbotts were ordered to pay $45,000 each in fines, perform 250 hours apiece of community service and will remain on supervised release for one year.

Marcia Abbott was hoping to use the higher scores to get her daughter into her alma mater, Duke University, according to the Boston Herald.

Gregory Abbott acknowledged his wrongdoing in a Sept. 27. letter to the court.

"I share the same sensibilities as most people and, strange as it may sound, identify with the public outrage over my own actions," he wrote.

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