Private equity founder Wilson gets longest sentence yet in Varsity Blues scandal

Prosecutors noted the high dollar amounts of bribes compared with others in demanding more prison time.
By: | February 17, 2022

A private equity financier was sentenced on Wednesday to 15 months in prison for participating in a vast U.S. college admissions fraud scheme by conspiring to pay bribes to secure spots for his children at top schools.

The sentence imposed on John Wilson, the founder Hyannis Port Capital, is the longest that any of the dozens of parents, coaches and other defendants charged in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal have received to date.

U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton in Boston issued the sentence a week after sentencing another parent, former Wynn Resorts executive Gamal Aziz, to a year in prison after both men were convicted in the first trial to result from the scandal.

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