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Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty to College Admissions Fraud

13 May 2019

Mother who paid $9.8 million to USA college scammer says she was duped * College admission scam: Actress Felicity Huffman to admit charges * Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin appear in court over college scam * Where is William H. Macy in the college admissions scandal?

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.

She walked into court with her brother, Moore, by her side, though there was no sign of husband William H. Macy, who is apparently not there - at least not in public view. Singer also bribed college coaches to falsely certify that students had been recruited for the school's sports teams, further facilitating their path to admission, regardless of their athletic abilities, prosecutors said. The money was disguised as a donation to Singer's charitable foundation, prosecutors said. Huffman pleaded guilty to a single count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying a proctor $15,000 to correct answers on her daughter Sophia Grace Macy's college- entrance exam.

Huffman was among the stars of the popular series Desperate Housewives, which won her an Emmy Award in 2005.

Sentencing is set for September 13.

Prosecutors are looking into a four to 10-month prison sentence for Huffman, though she could receive a term on the lower end because of her guilty plea, according to The Associated Press.

She is among 14 prominent parents who have agreed to plead guilty since dozens of people were arrested in March in the case named Operation Varsity Blues.

The judge will make the final sentencing decision. In a written statement at the time, she expressed "deep regret and shame over what I have done", and said she was ashamed for the pain she had caused her daughter, friends and others.

Experts differ on the long-term impact the scandal will have on Huffman's career.

Also scheduled to plead guilty Monday is Los Angeles businessman Devin Sloane, who authorities say paid $250,000 to get his son into USC as a fake water polo recruit.

After Huffman agreed to plead guilty, Netflix officials said a film starring her, Otherhood, would not be released as planned in April and a new date would be determined.

Some parents have made a decision to fight the charges.

Fellow actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, have pleaded not guilty to paying US$500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though neither of them is a rower.

Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty to College Admissions Fraud