A Newport Beach woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal charge after authorities said she paid a company $9,000 to take online classes for her son at Georgetown University.
Karen Littlefair, 57, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. She previously agreed to the plea in a deal with prosecutors and is to be sentenced May 13.
The charge carries up to 20 years in prison, but prosecutors said they will recommend four months and a $9,500 fine.
Littlefair is among more than 50 people charged in a college admissions scandal that ensnared dozens of wealthy parents. Many are accused of falsely portraying their children as athletic recruits to get them into elite universities, while others are alleged to have paid to rig their children’s SAT or ACT exams.
At the center of the case is Newport Beach college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer, who is accused of orchestrating the scheme and pleaded guilty last year.
Prosecutors say Littlefair hired Singer’s company to take four online classes on behalf of her son so he could graduate from Georgetown in 2018. Three of the courses were taken through Georgetown, prosecutors said, while…
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