Parents caught up in the college admissions scandal are hiring a consultant to see if they're 'cut out for prison'

Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty ImagesWilliam ‘Rick’ Singer leaves Boston Federal Court after being charged with racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice on March 12, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. Singer is among several charged in an alleged college admissions scam involving parents, ACT and SAT administrators and coaches at universities including Stanford, Georgetown, Yale, and the University of Southern California.
  • Justin Paperny, a former stock broker who served time incarcerated for fraud, is in talks to be a prison consultant for parents who have been charged as part of the college admissions scandal.
  • Paperny said he has been hired by one parent and is speaking to others, but he has not revealed which parents he is in talks with.
  • He said as a prison consultant he teaches people about day-to-day prison life, family visitations, and accepting wrongdoing.
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Parents who have been charged in the college admissions scandal are speaking with a prison consultant to learn more bout incarceration.

Justin Paperny, a former stock broker who was incarcerated for fraud, told CBS News that he’s in talks with several parents accused of paying bribes up to $US6.5 million to get their children into top universities.

Paperny said he has been hired by one parent and speaking with several others, but he has not revealed which parents he is in contact with.

“They’re scared and it’s ‘Can I survive in prison? Am I cut out for prison?'” Paperny said. “What’s most surprising to me about the first conversation is how many of them didn’t view their actions as criminal.”

He said that he’s answering questions for parents, like if there will be internet available, what day-to-day prison life is like, and how family visitations work.


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In a recent interview on TYT, Paperny said he wants to debunk the idea that minimum security federal prisons are “country clubs.”

“You are certainly separated and confined, and if you’re living in the worst apartment in the worst city in America, I’d rather be there than the inside of a federal prison, especially in these open environments,” he said. “Imagine walking into a gym. You see 150 bunks with no privacy or separation. That’s where you’re going to be living for several years, so I want to make that very clear. There’s very little about it that is a country club other than perhaps a tennis court or two.”

Fees for prison consulting can range from the thousands to tens of thousands of dollars.

Paperny told CBS News that the first step is accepting responsibility, which could lead to more lenient prison sentences.

Several people indicted as part of the admissions scheme were scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, including Hollywood actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, according to the Associated Press.

Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are accused of paying the scheme’s alleged ringleader, William “Rick” Singer, $US500,000 to guarantee their daughters’ admissions into the University of Southern California, according to the criminal complaint.

Huffman is accused of paying $US15,000 to cheat on her daughter’s college entrance exam.

Singer has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigations.

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