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Marketing CEO Sentenced in College Admissions Scheme

Jane Buckingham previously pleaded guilty in a deal with prosecutors

A California marketing executive and author has been sentenced to three weeks in federal prison for her role in a college admissions bribery scheme.

Jane Buckingham appeared in Boston's federal court Wednesday. The 51-year-old Los Angeles resident pleaded guilty in May to a single count of fraud and conspiracy in a deal with prosecutors.

Buckingham admitted to paying $50,000 to have a test proctor take the ACT exam for her son in 2018. It landed him a 35 out of 36 on the test, ranking in the 96th percentile nationally.

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Prosecutors recommended six months in prison. Her lawyers suggest a year of probation, a fine and community service.

Buckingham is the CEO of the marketing firm Trendera. She has apologized and said she has "absolutely no excuse.''

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