Flaxman, 63, of Laguna Beach, Calif., pleaded guilty in May to fraud conspiracy after admitting he orchestrated a $75,000 payment in exchange for the services of a corrupt test proctor who helped his daughter get a 28 out of a maximum 36 on the ACT. She took the test in October 2016 at a center in Houston that admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer controlled through bribes. Singer has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and other crimes.
Previously, Flaxman’s attorneys wrote in a memorandum to the court, the daughter had scored a 20 without any illicit help.
Prosecutors sought a sentence of eight months in prison for Flaxman, arguing that he had also committed tax fraud by deducting the bribe payment from his income taxes.
U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani sentenced Flaxman to one month behind bars and one year of supervised release. She also ordered him to perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $50,000 fine, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Previous sentences have gone as high as five months. Only one of the parents sentenced has avoided a prison term.
In all, 15 parents have pleaded guilty in the scandal, 19 have pleaded not guilty and one faces extradition to the United States after being arrested in Spain.
The U.S. attorney’s office announced that three accused parents are scheduled to appear in court Monday for plea hearings: Manuel Henriquez, Douglas Hodge and Michelle Janavs. In April, they had all pleaded not guilty after being charged in an indictment with fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy.
Brien T. O’Connor, an attorney for Hodge, declined to comment Friday. Attorneys for Henriquez were not available for comment, according to a spokesman for their firm. An attorney for Janavs did not immediately respond to email and telephone messages.