UCLA woman sentenced for $400,000 scam
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Mom who paid $400,000 to get son into UCLA is sentenced

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local 

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Above, in August 2019, before Siu was arrested, CNBC aired the documentary coverage of the college admissions scandal called “American Greed.”

The mom who paid $400,000 to get her son into UCLA has been sentenced. This was reported by the Los Angeles Daily News, sharing from the Associated Press, on May 19. Xiaoning Siu, a Chinese national who resides in British Columbia, was locked up for five months in Spanish prison due to the bribery scheme. She will not spend anymore time behind bars, a judge ruled on Monday. 

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Xiaoning Sui, age 49, resides in Surrey, British Columbia. She was sentenced to time served after she admitted that she paid a sum of $400,000 to get her son into University of California Los Angeles. She had him admitted under the false pretense of a soccer recruit. A sentence hearing was held virtually to adhere to COVID-19 social distancing. The judge ruled in this case that Xiaoning had been punished enough for her crimes. 

Sui has been verbally apologetic regarding her crimes. 

“I set a horrible example for my child and I was a bad influence. I promise that I will never do anything like that again,”said Sui, as her words were relayed in English to the judge via an interpreter. 

Sui moved to Canada to seek better educational opportunities for her son. She was arrested in September 2019 while traveling in Europe. She was forced into a Madrid, Spain prison while awaiting extradition to the United States. Sui was held in harsh conditions locked into a cell for 15 hours a day. These conditions were reportedly far more harsh than the conditions of those imprisoned for the collective college admissions scandal across the United States, citing the Associated Press. 

NBC News reported that, in addition to being held in the Spanish prison for the past five months at least, Sui was fined $250,000 for her bribe. 


NBC also confirms that Sui’s son did not play competitive soccer. Sui was arrested on September 16, 2019 to be precise, citing NBC News. She agreed to plead guilty in February of one count of federal programs bribery. 

Sui was one of many of the college admission’s scandal schemers, as reported also by NBC News. The grand architect of the scheme was William Rick Singer, Jr. He is the one who reportedly instructed Sui to pay the sum to have her son enrolled at UCLA. Singer pled guilty to his crimes in March 2019, see archives from NBC. Felicity Huffman and Lori Louglin were also indicted for their role in the great college admissions scandal. 

Members participating in these scams would pay other people to take tests for their children to get into Ivy League schools such as Harvard and Stanford. 

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Voice of America reported within the last 24 hours that Sui was convicted along with the multifaceted, year’s long federal investigation into college scams called Operation Varsity Blues. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Corroborating the reports by NBC that Sui had a much stiffer sentencing than others in the college admissions scandal, Felicity Huffman served a mere 11 days of a two-week sentence for her role in the scam. 

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