Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scam

Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scam

Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scam

Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty for her involvement in the "Operation Varsity Blues" scandal in a Boston federal court Monday afternoon.

The one-time star of the television series "Desperate Housewives" pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to a conspiracy charge related to her payment of $15,000 to have someone secretly correct her daughter's answers on the SAT exam.

Huffman issued a statement last month saying she is "in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, accept full responsibility for my actions and I will accept the consequences that stem from those actions".

In exchange for Huffman's guilty plea, federal prosecutors have vowed to recommend a sentence at the "low end" of the sentencing range - a $20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release, according to the plea agreement - but the judge could also choose not to send her prison.

On March 12, the U.S. Attorney's Office in MA announced it had charged 50 people, including Huffman and Lori Loughlin, in the cheating scandal. Prosecutors have not explained why.

Authorities say he gave a total of US$250,000 to Singer's sham charity and the USC women's athletic programme to have his son designated as a water polo recruit even though he didn't play the sport.

Huffman has apologised and said her daughter was unaware of her actions.

The scandal involving prestigious schools across the country has also embroiled prominent college coaches.

Strategies included paying invigilators to fix answers, and allowing impostors to sit the exams.

The case has put the career of the Emmy-winning star of "Desperate Housewives" in turmoil and laid bare the elite's ability to influence the education system. Huffman was also nominated for an Oscar for playing a transgender woman in the movie Transamerica. Judge Talwani confirmed to Huffman after asking repeatedly that she was sure she wanted to plead guilty, that she has lost a number of rights: gun ownership, voting in many states, and holding office. A limited Netflix series featuring Huffman on the Central Park Five case is expected to debut this month. The two actresses, along with coaches, admissions counselors, parents, and Loughlin's husband, fashion designer J. According to TMZ, Loughlin's husband Mossimo Giannulli was arrested and she plans to turn herself in when she returns to L.A.

He is among 14 parents who have agreed to plead guilty to charges in the sweeping college admissions scandal.

As Huffman chose to plead guilty, the United States Attorney calculated her "offense level" at 9, which had a sentencing guideline of 4-10 months, per the Department of Justice.

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