Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Huffman pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Actress Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from her involvement in the college admissions scandal.

As a result she got 1,420 out of a possible 1,600 - about 400 points higher than her preliminary SAT exam.

Federal prosecutors say Singer would bribe coaches at elite universities to have the children of wealthy parents admitted as athletic recruits, even though the students generally never participated in the sport for which they were listed as recruits.

According to media reports, the former Desperate Housewives star is one of 14 parents who have thus far agreed to plead guilty in the high-profile case.

Huffman officially pled guilty on Monday, but she's been careful to take ownership of her blame and cooperate from the start.

Prosecutors say they will recommend four months in prison and a $20,000 (£15,400) fine. Sentencing is expected to be handed down on September 13.

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Huffman has apologized and claimed her daughter was unaware of her actions. "Everything else they say I did, I did". Her husband, actor William H. Macy, didn't attend.

Seventeen other parents, including Loughlin, have chose to fight the charges and formally submitted not guilty pleas. The Key Worldwide Foundation, whose purported mission was to help "underserved children" pursue an education, has since been exposed as Singer's vehicle for laundering payments from parents and paying bribes to college coaches, administrators and exam proctors.

In October, Huffman and Macy told Singer they wanted to have their younger daughter's SAT rigged as well, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit. According to the plea documents obtained by PEOPLE, Huffman reserved the right to argue that her offense level should be a 7, which would result in 0-6 months in prison.

The following day, when a counselor at her daughter's school told Huffman she would have to take the test at her own school, the actress emailed Singer again: "Ruh Ro!"

She previously said in a statement that she accepted responsibility and "will accept the consequences that stem from those actions".

Also pleading guilty today was Los Angeles businessman Devin Sloane, who allegedly paid $250,000 to get his son into USC as a fake water polo recruit.

We are, of course, talking about Lori Loughlin and her husband Massimo Giannulli, who could be pinged with that 20-year sentence on top of a combined fine of USD$750,000 (AUD$1,080,000) if found guilty.

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