Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in United States college admissions scam

Carla Harmon
May 13, 2019

Felicity Huffman will formally enter a guilty plea for her role in the college admissions scam on Monday.

The 56-year-old Desperate Housewives star didn't speak as she walked into a federal courthouse in Boston on Monday with her brother Moore Huffman Jr.

"Yes, your honor", Huffman answered.

During the hearing on Monday, prosecutors said they would recommend four months in prison for Huffman.

Rosen also said Huffman scored "multiple concessions" from the government, including avoiding prosecution for money laundering.

A massive bribery scam involving some of the most elite colleges in the country has recently been uncovered, in an indictment that's found actresses, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, charged with 48 others for their roles in the alleged scandal.

She is one of 14 parents who have agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

While some parents, including Huffman, reportedly paid off standardized testing proctors, others, allegedly including Loughlin, used bribes to get their children admitted as athletic recruits.

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Huffman paid admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer in order to have her daughter take the exam at the West Hollywood Test Center, which Singer controlled. The test was proctored by a testing expert whom Singer frequently paid, investigators said, to facilitate cheating by surreptitiously correcting answers or otherwise helping students during the exam.

The judge will make the final sentencing decision.

Last month, Huffman issued a written statement in which she apologized for her actions and expressed regret: "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". Prosecutors have said they will seek between four and 10 months in prison. The judge then reminded the 56-year-old actress that she would be waiving her right to stand trial if she pleaded guilty.

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.

California businessman Devin Sloane also pleaded guilty to paying US$250,000 in bribes to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit.

Some parents have chose to fight the charges.

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.

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