Michael Sardar quoted in "Massive College Fraud Scheme Could Showcase New Sentencing Rules", TaxNotes Today

New rules from the First Step Act and sentencing guidelines amendments could be on display when judges start deciding on punishment for participants in the recent massive college bribery scheme.

The sentencing hearings will begin in June for those facing charges, including tax and fraud charges, in the “Operation Varsity Blues” college admissions scandal, with the hearings for the parents who have pleaded guilty to start in the fall.

Michael Sardar of Kostelanetz & Fink LLP told Tax Notes that nonviolent offenders who don’t pose a danger to the community would have been in a good position heading into sentencing even before the First Step Act (P.L. 115-391) made consideration of home confinement mandatory and the amended sentencing guidelines emphasized sentences other than incarceration.

By combining all of the recent changes, any defendant facing a sentencing guidelines range of six to 12 months stands a good chance of not seeing any jail time, Sardar said.

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