Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty Monday - then broke down crying in court - to paying $15,000 to a fake charity that facilitated cheating when her daughter took the SATs for college admission. According to the The Los Angeles Times, prosecutors will recommend a sentence at the low end of guidelines that call for four to 10 months in prison based on Huffman's plea deal and federal sentencing guidelines, but Huffman's attorneys have a right to argue for an even lower sentence.
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.
Eric Rosen, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of MA said that prosecutors are also looking for one-year of supervised release and around $20,000 in fines. As of now, Loughlin and Giannulli have officially pleaded not guilty to their charges related to fraud; they've also been charged with money laundering conspiracy, too, so things could get very serious for them as the courtroom battle progresses.
- Huffman pleaded guilty to a fraud conspiracy charge for her role in a brazen test-fixing and bribery scheme that has sent the actress' reputation and career prospects tumbling.
There was no sign of her husband, William H. Macy, who's not charged in the scandal.
"This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life", Huffman said.
"My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty", Huffman said.
Rosen noted that she discussed the scheme with Singer, including troubles getting her daughter's testing location and proctor changed after she was granted extra time on the exam.
Huffman apologized in a statement last month and said she will accept the consequences.
The Emmy-winning actress, 56, could face prison time after she admitted to participating in the nationwide scam, in which authorities said parents had bribed coaches, rigged entrance exams or both to game the admissions system.
Sentencing was set for September 13.
The parents are accused of paying Singer to bribe coaches in exchange for helping their children get into schools as fake athletic recruits.
Businessman Devin Sloane, who was accused of paying US$250,000 for his son to be admitted as a water polo recruit at the University of Southern California, also pleaded guilty on Monday.
Police said Macy was with his wife when Singer explained how the scam worked.
Singer pleaded guilty in March to racketeering, money laundering; conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice.
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