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Woman who pleaded guilty in ‘Varsity Blues’ case sentenced, fined

Xiaoning Sui, a Chinese national living in British Columbia, Canada, left federal court in Boston on Feb. 21, 2020, after pleading guilty to paying $400,000 to get her son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer recruit.
Xiaoning Sui, a Chinese national living in British Columbia, Canada, left federal court in Boston on Feb. 21, 2020, after pleading guilty to paying $400,000 to get her son into the University of California, Los Angeles, as a fake soccer recruit.Charles Krupa/Associated Press

A defendant in the “Varsity Blues” college admissions case was sentenced Monday and ordered to pay a $250,000 fine for paying six-figure bribes to get her son into UCLA , according to the US attorney’s office for Massachusetts.

Xiaoning Sui, 48, a Chinese national living in Canada, was sentenced to time served behind bars — about five months — by US District Court Judge Douglas P. Woodlock during a teleconference hearing, according to the office of US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling.

Sui, who pleaded guilty in February, also agreed to forfeit the $400,000 she paid to facilitate the crime.

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She is among more than 50 people charged in the scheme, in which wealthy parents allegedly cut big checks to admitted ringleader William “Rick” Singer and others to get their children falsely classified as athletic prospects — Sui’s son was presented as a soccer recruit — or facilitate cheating on SAT and ACT exams.


Jeremy C. Fox can be reached at jeremy.fox@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @jeremycfox.