Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

Carla Harmon
May 14, 2019

Devin Sloane, a Los Angeles resident and executive of a water systems company, also pleaded guilty Monday in Boston to a fraud conspiracy charge.

Huffman paid Singer $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter's SAT answers and considered going through with the plan for her younger daughter before deciding not to, authorities say.

The Oscar nominated, Emmy winning actress cried in court as she admitted paying $15,000 to fraudulently improve her daughter's exam grades. This was 400 points higher than her Preliminary SAT scores. Her charges carried a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, but with the plea deal prosecutors have recommended a lighter sentence of 4-to-10-months.

The court heard that the government will seek a four month prison term for Huffman, 12 months of supervised release, and a $20,000 fine.


Huffman is scheduled to be sentenced on September 13.

Felicity Huffman said "everything else (the prosecutor) said I did, I did".

Singer recorded a number of conversations in which he and wealthy parents discussed these schemes, including a conversation with Huffman. Huffman's husband William H. Macy was not charged with any crimes. 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.

Seventeen other parents, including Loughlin, have made a decision to fight the charges and formally submitted not guilty pleas. 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. The mother-of-two fraudulently had someone take her daughter's SATs in order for her to receive a high score and be accepted into university.


Huffman is one of 13 parents who say they will plead guilty to the scandal which has rocked the US.

Huffman said her daughter was unaware of the cheating, and that she felt "regret and shame" for having "betrayed" her.

A California businessman has pleaded guilty to paying $250,000 in bribes to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit. Beyond Huffman Macy's own potential jail time and the fall-out from all that, today's guilty plea must also certainly leave Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, wondering: if those who bow to the feds and take the plea are still facing months of time in federal prison, what might be in store for us?!


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