Posted on October 21, 2019

Mom Who Lied About Son’s Ethnicity on College Apps Gets 3 Weeks in Jail

Tamar Lapin, New York Post, October 17, 2019

The college admissions scandal mom who falsely claimed her son was African-American and Hispanic to increase his chances of getting into a top college was sentenced to three weeks in prison on Wednesday.

Marjorie Klapper, 51, copped to paying $15,000 to fudge her son’s ACT exam score in May as part of the nationwide scandal.

She also agreed to portray him as a racial minority and a first-generation student on his applications — though both she and her husband graduated from college, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors had sought four months behind bars and a fine of $20,000 for Klapper, arguing that lying about her son’s race “increased the likelihood that her fraud would come at the expense of an actual minority candidate.”

{snip} In addition to jail time, she was ordered to pay a $9,500 fine and complete 250 hours of community service.


They said she pursued the scheme because she wanted her learning-disabled son to feel like a “regular” student.


Seven others were dealt prison terms, ranging from 14 days to 5 months — including actress Felicity Huffman who reported to federal prison in California Tuesday to begin her two-week sentence.

A total of 15 parents have pleaded guilty while 19 are contesting the charges. Among them are “Fuller House” star Lori Loughlin and her fashion-designer husband Mossimo Giannulli.