Educational Consultant Sentenced in Admissions Scam

An admissions consultant accused of defrauding a family in China of more than $2 million has been sentenced to 63 months in prison and three years of supervised release and was ordered to pay $839,000 in restitution to the family, reports The Boston Globe.

Mark Zimny was found guilty by a jury in April of scamming a Hong Kong couple who paid him to help get their sons into elite New England prep schools and colleges. Zimny claimed to be a Harvard professor, even though he no longer taught there, and persuaded the family that he could help their sons get into Ivy League institutions. They wired him $2 million over the course of 3 years, ending in 2010. Prosecutors in the case said Zimny, who promised to donate the money to schools, spent the fortune on himself.


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