A Big Apple businessman and his ex-journalist wife were sentenced Tuesday to one month behind bars each for paying $125,000 to fudge their daughter’s ACT and SAT scores.
Greg Abbott, 68, the founder of food and drink distribution company International Dispensing Corp., and Marcia Abbott, 59, a former magazine editor, admitted to their role in the sweeping college admissions scandal in May.
Boston federal judge Indira Talwani ordered the couple to pay $45,000 in fines and perform 250 hours of community service, in addition to hard time.
They were the only family to take part in the scam twice — first shelling out $50,000 to have a test proctor correct their daughter’s ACT exam answers and then paying $75,000 to rig her SAT subject tests, feds said.
They kept their scheme hidden from their daughter and told Talwani they were only trying to help the girl because she suffered from Lyme disease — and not because they saw college as a status symbol.
“My husband and I were both motivated by good intentions … but this does not excuse our actions,” Marcia said in court, according to NBC10 Boston.
When the pair were arrested in March, their rapper son Malcolm “Billa” Abbott defended them to The Post outside their Fifth Avenue pad — in between puffs of a blunt.
Prosecutors had recommended the couple get eight months behind bars and pay at least a $40,000 fine each.
In a Sept. 27 letter to the court, Greg said his actions were “wrong and stupid” and that he felt “genuine remorse.”
Both parents expressed their regrets again in court Tuesday, with Greg admitting: “I knew my daughter was getting some help that was outside the rules.”
The couple became the sixth and seventh parents to be sentenced in the “Operation Varsity Blues” case. Hotshot Manhattan attorney Gordon Caplan, 52, was sentenced to a month in prison last week for his role in the scam.
“Desperate Housewives” star Felicity Huffman last month was slapped with 14 days behind bars for paying $15,000 to crooked college counselor William “Rick” Singer to boost her daughter’s SAT scores.
Prosecutors have said they’ll recommend longer prison sentences for “Fuller House” actress Lori Loughlin and other parents contesting the charges.
With Post wires
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