A Los Angeles businessman whose tip led the federal government to unravel the huge Operation Varsity Blues college-admissions scam was sentenced to 12 months in jail for his function in a separate securities-fraud case.
In Boston federal court docket Wednesday, U.S. District Choose Nathaniel Gorton imposed jail time regardless of the plea made by the lawyer for the tipster, Morrie Tobin, that he ought to keep away from it for his function as a authorities cooperator, together with main the Justice Division to the most important faculty admissions investigation in its historical past.
In a quick assertion earlier than the choose handed down the sentence, Mr. Tobin mentioned he was “sincerely sorry and ashamed for my actions. I sincerely ask for mercy.”
Mr. Tobin was being questioned in 2018 by federal investigators in Boston who had been trying into an investment scheme, when Mr. Tobin disclosed info that led authorities to the college-admissions case.