A federal prosecutor on Friday referenced an Akron case while arguing that actress Felicity Huffman should be sentenced to jail for giving her daughter an unfair advantage to be accepted to college.
According to social media posts from several journalists in the Boston courtroom, Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen referenced Kelley Williams-Bolar, an Akron mother who was sentenced to 10 days in jail for improperly enrolling her daughters in the neighboring Copley-Fairlawn school district.
Federal prosecutor makes mention of the Akron mom who was jailed for lying about her residency so her daughter could go to a better school district.
"If we respect the rule of law, we should not treat defendants differently because of wealth or status."
Huffman was sentenced to 14 days in jail. In addition, she will have to pay a $30,000 fine and complete 200 hours of community service, according to ABC News.
"If we respect the rule of law, we should not treat defendants differently because of wealth or status," Rosen said, according to a tweet from a BuzzFeed reporter.
Huffman pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to commit mail fraud and honest service mail fraud and admitted paying $15,000 to falsify her daughter's SAT score.
She was one of 50 high-profile defendants in a fraudulent college admissions scheme that came to be known as "Varsity Blues."
Huffman is the first to receive a sentence in the case.
Williams-Bolar used her father's address to illegally enroll her two daughters in the Copley-Fairlawn school district.
In January 2011, a jury found her guilty of tampering with records. That set off a national discussion of inequities in public education and landed Williams-Bolar on the "Dr. Phil" show.
After only days in office, then-Gov. John Kasich directed the state parole board to review the case. He questioned whether the punishment — a 10-day jail sentence, two years of probation, 80 hours of community service and a felony record that might prevent Williams-Bolar from fulfilling her dream of becoming a teacher — fit the crime.
The Ohio Parole Board decided against recommending a pardon, but in June, Kasich reduced her convictions to misdemeanors.
Williams-Bolar's father, Edward Williams, also was tried for his role, but the jury deadlocked. In a separate case, however, he was sentenced in June to one year in prison after being convicted of illegally receiving more than $100,000 in Social Security and state welfare benefits.
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