Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college scheme

Actress Felicity Huffman left Federal Court in Boston in April

USA actress Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to fraudulently conspiring to win a college place for her daughter.

FILE - In this April 3, 2019 file photo, actress Felicity Huffman arrives at federal court in Boston to face charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. Holding hands with her brother, she had a somber expression as she entered the courthouse. Her husband, actor William H Macy, didn't attend. Her sentencing hearing was scheduled for September 13.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen said prosecutors recommended a four-month prison sentence and a $20,000 fine for Huffman.

"I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions", the actress said in an emailed statement last month.

Huffman reportedly arranged for her daughter to take the SAT in a location controlled by an administrator who had been bribed by Rick Singer, the man who ran the fake charity and recently confessed to helping wealthy parents get their kids in to prestigious universities. "This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life". Prosecutors allege she paid $15,000 to help one of her daughters get a phony SAT score. The money was disguised as a donation to Singer's charitable foundation, prosecutors said. Both Huffman and Macy agreed to plan, authorities say, but Macy has not been charged. Prosecutors said Sloane paid Singer $250,000 to secure his son's admission to the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit.

Loughlin has pleaded not guilty to charges that she and her husband agreed with Singer to pay $500,000 to have their two daughters named as recruits to USC's crew team, even though they did not row.

Huffman, along with dozens of other rich and powerful parents - including "Full House" star Lori Loughlin - was arrested in March as part of "Operation Varsity Blues", an investigation into bribery for admissions into elite colleges. Huffman was also nominated for an Oscar for playing a transgender woman in the movie Transamerica.

Experts differ on the long-term impact the scandal will have on Huffman's career. A limited Netflix series featuring Huffman on the Central Park Five case is expected to debut this month.

Some parents have chose to fight the charges.

The charges include conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, while the scam reportedly involved money sent to a California businessman who promised to get applicants into the colleges of their choice.



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