An Atherton husband and wife pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston on Monday to charges in a college admissions cheating scheme, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Massachusetts.
Financier Manuel Henriquez, a former chief executive of Hercules Capital of Palo Alto, admitted during the plea to having paid $450,000 to secure college admission for his daughters, according to U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling.
Elizabeth Henriquez pleaded guilty later on Monday, Lelling said.
An April 9 indictment alleged that the fraud consisted of having the answers corrected and improved on SAT tests for two daughters and arranging a phony athletic recruitment of the older daughter.
Elizabeth Henriquez will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Nathaniel Gorton on Feb. 7 and Manuel Henriquez on March 5.
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