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News - April 5, 2019

Peninsula father intends to plead guilty in admissions scam

Palo Alto parents deny charges of fraud, money laundering

by Jamey Padojino and Sue Dremann

Peter Jan "P.J." Sartorio, 53, of Menlo Park, intends to plead guilty to an as-yet unspecified charge in the $25-million college admissions scam, which has had ripple effects on elite universities across the nation. Palo Alto residents Dr. Gregory Colburn, 61, and Amy Colburn, 59, entered not-guilty pleas, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office and federal court documents filed Wednesday. They are the first Peninsula parents charged in the scam to enter pleas.

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28 people like this
Posted by EZ Street
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 3, 2019 at 5:55 pm

White Collar Crime = country club incarceration. No big deal with weekend passes.

Martha Stewart was in & it's back to business as usual.

On the other a person of color & rob a liquor store of $40.00 at gunpoint = serious time in a state penitentiary.

Non-violent money crimes are a cakewalk unless you are Bernie Madoff with an endless list of financial malfeasance.

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Posted by Sanctimonious City
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 3, 2019 at 8:45 pm

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