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And ............ she's a "Karen"!

  • Karen Littlefair, shown here in 2012, struck a deal to plead guilty in a wide-ranging college cheating scandal. (Register file photo by Christine Cotter)

  • By Associated Press |
    PUBLISHED: July 15, 2020 at 12:22 p.m. | UPDATED: July 15, 2020 at 8:36 p.m.

  • A California woman who paid $9,000 to have someone secretly take online college courses for her son and then demanded a discount when he received a C was sentenced Wednesday to five weeks in prison.

  • Karen Littlefair, 57, of Newport Beach, said she’s “truly sorry” for her actions and asked the judge for leniency, calling the experience a “nightmare” for her family.
    “I acted out of love for my son but I ended up hurting my son greatly,” said Littlefair, who appeared via videoconference because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    Littlefair is among more than 50 people charged in the college cheating scheme involving wealthy parents and athletic coaches at elite universities across the country. Authorities say the parents worked with the admissions consultant at the center of the scam, Rick Singer, to have someone cheat on their kids’ exams or get them admitted to selective schools with fake athletic credentials.

  • After Littlefair’s son was put on academic probation by Georgetown University, she hired Singer’s company to take four online classes on his behalf so he could graduate in 2018, prosecutors said. Three of the courses were taken through Georgetown, prosecutors said, while one was taken online at Arizona State University and then transferred to Georgetown.

  • Littlefair sought a discount on the cheating after the person earned a C in one of the courses, authorities said.

  • “Kind of thought there would have been a discount on that one. The grade was a C and the experience was a nightmare,” she told Singer’s accountant in an email, according to court documents.

  • U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs told Littlefair she taught her son “it’s OK to cheat, it’s OK to take shortcuts.”

    “You’re supposed to get more by earning it and working for it and I think that’s a lesson your son needs to learn and sadly he’s going to learn it the hard way here,” the judge said.

  • Prosecutors had sought four months in prison. Littlefair’s lawyer told the judge she deserves probation. The Newport Beach woman pleaded guilty in January to a count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

  • Also Wednesday, a former Canadian Football League player was sentenced Wednesday to three months in prison for hiring someone take the SATs in place of his two sons. Prosecutors said one son was admitted to Chapman University in Orange and later transferred to USC. The other son was admitted to UC Berkeley.

  • David Sidoo, who played professional football for the Saskatchewan Roughriders and BC Lions, lowered his head into his hands and cried as U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton chided him for his actions. Sidoo told the judge he’s “deeply ashamed.”
    “I make no excuses. I broke the law. I pled guilty to a crime and now I must pay for my actions,” Sidoo said.

  • Sidoo was CEO of mining firm Advantage Lithium Corp. when he was arrested last year. He was also a founding shareholder of an oil and gas company that was sold in 2010 for more than $600 million.

  • The Vancouver businessman paid Singer $200,000 to have someone pose as his sons using a fake ID to secure higher scores on their SATs, prosecutors said. Sidoo also worked with Singer to craft an admission essay for his son with a bogus story about the teen being held at gunpoint by Los Angeles gang members and saved by a rival gang member named “Nugget,” prosecutors said.

  • Other parents charged in the case are “Full House” actor Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who admitted to paying half a million dollars to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California as fake crew recruits.
    They are scheduled to be sentenced next month. If the judge accepts their plea deals, Loughlin will be sentenced to two months in prison and Giannulli will be sentenced to five months.

  • Nearly 30 parents have pleaded guilty in the case.

  • Newport Beach mom gets 5 weeks in prison for son’s online class cheating


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I'm impressed there are parents nowadays who can even pass kid's tests.

Parents have been doing kids science projects, homework and take-home tests for years. Not to mention kids cheating. The idea is for your kid to learn. If a parent doesn't value that and make them do their own work, the have lots of ways around the system. The kid will eventually get to a level where he will fail, or just grow up to be an idiot like his parents.

The purpose of education is to give a kid an opportunity to learn, not to pass tests for tests' sake. We keep proving there will never be a way to idiot proof the education system. Add to that, what schools are teaching nowadays is a lot of socialist BS. We need to upend the whole system.

Re: the bullet points. It sounds like you need some online learning. But in the spirit of the thread, I am not going to give you the answers.

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This is an example of a "helicopter" mother attempting to protect her "snowflake" kid. No wonder we are having the problems we are now facing.
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