LOS ANGELES (CNS) – A Newport Beach woman has agreed to plead guilty to charges filed today in Boston alleging she paid $9,000 to have an individual take online classes for her son, in order to earn credits to facilitate his graduation from Georgetown University.
Karen Littlefair, 57, will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud on a date to be scheduled by the court, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston. She is the latest defendant to strike a deal in a wide-ranging college-admissions-cheating scandal.
According to the terms of her plea agreement, the government will recommend a sentence of four months in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $9,500 and restitution.
The charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, up to three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000. Sentences are imposed by a federal district court judge based upon the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Prosecutors contend that Littlefair agreed with Newport Beach businessman William “Rick” Singer and others to pay $9,000 to have an employee of Singer’s for-profit college counseling business, The Edge College & Career Network, also known as the Key, take online classes in place of Littlefair’s son and submit the fraudulently earned credits to Georgetown.
The Key employee allegedly completed four classes for Littlefair’s son at Georgetown and elsewhere, prosecutors said. Littlefair’s son graduated from Georgetown, using the credits earned by the Key employee, in May 2018.
Singer previously pleaded guilty and is cooperating with the government’s investigation.