Bay Area booze distributor pleads guilty in college admission scandal
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A Bay Area booze distributor accused of paying 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 college admissions scandal, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
Marci Palatella, 66, will cop to one count of conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud under an agreement struck with the feds just three weeks before she was set to face trial.
The deal would land the Hillsborough, Calif., resident in jail for six weeks. She would also have to pay a $250,000 fine, serve two years of supervised release, and complete 500 hours of community service.