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College admissions scandal: San Diego parent Toby MacFarlane pleads guilty in 'Operation Varsity Blues'

Posted at 9:37 AM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 13:03:31-04

(KGTV) - A San Diego father pleaded guilty in a Boston federal court Friday for his role in the college admissions scandal that has ensnared numerous parents, university officials and athletic coaches.

Del Mar resident Toby MacFarlane, a former senior executive at a title insurance company, had been charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

According to federal prosecutors, MacFarlane paid $450,000 as part of an arrangement in which his daughter and son were admitted into USC as fake athletic recruits.

Case documents showed MacFarlane paid an outside agency to create a fake soccer profile for his daughter and a fake basketball profile for his son.

MacFarlane identified himself in court as a USC alum.

According to ABC News, prosecutors recommended a 15-month prison term and a $95,000 fine for MacFarlane. He is scheduled to be sentenced in November.

MacFarlane was among the dozens of parents charged in the case known as “Operation Varsity Blues.” The 56-year-old MacFarlane and 13 other parents, including actress Felicity Huffman, have pleaded guilty.

Two high-profile defendants in the case, actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

The couple are accused of paying as much as $500,000 to get their two daughters into USC.