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Ex-Stanford sailing coach who accepted nearly $800K in bribes through college admissions scam sentenced

Original post made on Jun 12, 2019

Stanford University's former head sailing coach John Vandemoer became the first person to be sentenced in the college admissions case Wednesday for knowingly designating two applicants as recruits despite their lack of experience.

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Posted by Jane Gill
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jun 12, 2019 at 5:06 pm

Really sloppy reporting by the Almanac. Where is the mention that Vandemoer kept NONE of the money for himself (unlike all of the other coaches involved)?

According to the WSJ:
“U.S. District Judge Rya Zobel said she was moved to impose a softer sentence than what the government recommended because of Mr. Vandemoer’s unique position in the case—having not pocketed money for himself.”

More: “I have no doubt that he knew what he was doing was probably wrong,” Judge Zobel said. However, she added, there was general agreement he was “probably the least culpable” of all the coaches in the case.”

More from the WSJ: “Upon receipt, Vandemoer personally matched each check he received directly down to the Development office.”


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Posted by zisnzat
a resident of another community
on Jun 13, 2019 at 2:32 pm

I don't believe he didn't pocket money. Does everyone who breaks a law get away without serving any jail time? If no one is punished for breaking laws and rules, our society will crumble.


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Posted by leland
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Jun 21, 2019 at 9:09 am

Yeah, he kept none of it. One day, time served, and pocket change? Where do I sign up?


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