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3 more parents plead guilty in college admissions scam

May 22, 2019
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Marcia, left, and Gregory Abbott leave federal court, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Boston, where they pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
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Marcia, left, and Gregory Abbott leave federal court, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Boston, where they pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (AP) — A married couple and a California businessman are the latest parents to plead guilty in the sweeping college admissions scam.

Gregory and Marcia Abbott and Peter Jan Sartorio entered their pleas Wednesday in Boston federal court. They are among 14 parents who have agreed to admit to allegations in the case.

The Abbotts, who have homes in New York City and Aspen, Colorado, were charged with paying $125,000 to have someone cheat on their daughter’s entrance exams. Gregory Abbot is the founder of a food and beverage packaging company.

Sartorio was charged with paying $15,000 to have someone correct his daughter’s answers on the ACT. The Menlo Park, California, man founded an organic frozen food company.

Nineteen other parents are fighting the charges. They include actress Lori Loughlin (LAWK’-lin) and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli.

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Marcia, left, and Gregory Abbott leave federal court, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Boston, where they pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)