Published: Tue, April 09, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

College admissions scandal: Felicity Huffman to plead guilty

College admissions scandal: Felicity Huffman to plead guilty

Also pleading guilty Monday was actress Felicity Huffman, who starred in Desperate Housewives.

In her four-paragraph statement issued by a public relations firm, Huffman sounded contrite as she strove to clear her daughter's name.

Among the 33 wealthy parents arrested, Huffman and Loughlin are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, according to the unsealed indictment.

The move by the U.S. Attorney for the District of MA heightens the stakes for the actor and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli, both of whom are out on a $1,000,000 bail bond.

The Hollywood power couple made their initial court appearance in Boston last week on the earlier charges.

A total of 33 parents and 13 coaches and associates of Singer's are involved in the scheme, the USA attorney's office said.

Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, had previously been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

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Huffman was among 50 people in what authorities have described as the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department.

Huffman, the 56-year-old Emmy-winner who stared in ABC's "Desperate Housewives", was accused of paying $15,000 disguised as a charitable donation to have a proctor correct the answers on her daughter's Saturday. She says her desire to help her daughter is "no excuse to break the law or engage in honesty".

Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California as crew team recruits, even though neither of them played the sport.

Under the terms of Huffman's plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to recommend imprisonment at the low end of sentencing guidelines for the crime, a fine of $20,000, 12 months of supervised release and restitution. They have not addressed the charges publicly.

Actress Felicity Huffman and a dozen other parents will plead guilty in the college admissions scandal, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced on Tuesday.

The Isacksons said in a statement released by their lawyer, "No words can express how profoundly sorry we are for what we have done". "Based on what we know at present, we believe this was an isolated incident in 2015 that involved one coach and no other university employees or officers". He was accused of helping affluent parents pay to raise their children's SAT scores, along with bribing coaches to wrongly admit students as recruited athletes.

The university said the expelled student is the only one under investigation who was admitted to the Palo Alto school. "This prevents the students from registering for classes (until they have agreed to participate in the review of their case), withdrawing from the university, or acquiring transcripts while their cases are under review".

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