A Bay Place booze distributor accused of paying out a $500,000 bribe to get her son into the University of Southern California — and then bragging that it was “worth every cent” — has agreed to plead guilty in the school admissions scandal, federal prosecutors reported Tuesday.
Marci Palatella, 66, will cop to a person count of conspiracy to dedicate trustworthy products and services mail fraud below an arrangement struck with the feds just three weeks prior to she was set to face trial.
The deal would land the Hillsborough, Calif., resident in jail for 6 months. She would also have to spend a $250,000 good, provide two many years of supervised release and total 500 hrs of group service.
Palatella co-owns Kentucky-dependent Preservation Distillery with her husband, former San Francisco 49ers linebacker-turned-liquor distributor Lou Palatella.
She allegedly paid out crooked higher education counselor William “Rick” Singer to increase her son’s SAT rating and get him recruited as a USC football participant, even even though he did not enjoy the activity.
Courtroom papers comprehensive how Palatella bragged that she and her hubby “laugh each day” about pulling off the scam, including, “We’re like, ‘It was value every single cent.’”
She was one of additional than 50 people — which include actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman — billed in 2019 as aspect of the bombshell school cheating circumstance, dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues” by prosecutors in Boston.
Palatella is the 33rd guardian to plead guilty.