Menlo Park Parent First to Plead Guilty in College Scam

A local entrepreneur has become the first of 33 parents charged in a college admissions scam to agree to plead guilty.

Peter Jan Sartorio's lawyers said in court documents filed Wednesday that the packaged food entrepreneur from Menlo Park will plead guilty.

Sartorio was accused of paying an admissions consultant $15,000 in cash to have someone correct his daughter's answers on a college entrance exam.

The exact charges to which he has agreed to plead guilty were not clear. Sartorio and the other parents were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. An email was sent to Sartorio's lawyers seeking comment.

The announcement came just before Sartorio was scheduled to appear alongside other prominent parents in Boston's federal court.

Among those who made their initial appearances Wednesday were actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, and Loughlin's husband Mossimo Giannulli.

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