Monday, 27 May, 2019

Actress Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

Felicity Huffman Expected To Plead Guilty Today In College Admission Scandal Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty In College Bribery Scandal
Julia Gonzales | 14 May, 2019, 23:14

Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty to a felony nearly exactly a month after Lori Loughlin pled not guilty for her involvement in the same scandal: Operation Varsity Blues, which has been dominating the news for months.

Huffman, whose spouse William H. Macy has not been indicted, is among fourteen parents who have agreed to plead guilty in the scam, which authorities have called the biggest college admissions cheating scandal ever prosecuted in the United States. Huffman, who admitted to paying $15,000 to adjust her daughter's SAT score, agreed to plead guilty in April. 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. She submitted her official plea before Judge Indira Talwani on Monday. (Along with a $20,000 fine and 12 years' worth of supervision upon her release.) It's also possible that Huffman could end up getting no time at all; if she successfully argues that her crime accords with a lower guideline, she would only be sentenced to zero to six months behind bars.

Her sentencing hearing will happen on September 14, which is when we will find out how much jail time she will receive.

"I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community", she said.

"Everything else Mr. Rosen said I did, I did", she said. According to court documents, Huffman and Singer exchanged emails arranging how Singer could provide Huffman's daughter with extra time to take the SATs and ensuring that her exam would be proctored by an administrator whom Singer had bribed.

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Several parents have already pleaded guilty, including Gordon Caplan and Bruce and Davina Isackson. A further 17, including actress Lori Loughlin, have pleaded not guilty.

Huffman, 56, paid $15,000 to admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer and his nonprofit organization, Key Worldwide Foundation ("KWF"), which prosecutors said was actually a front for accepting bribes. The couple also considered using Singer's services for their younger daughter, but ultimately opted not to, according to a criminal complaint.

Loughlin and Giannulli were among the parents who did not plead guilty initially, and now face an indictment for money laundering in addition to the original fraud charge.

She previously said in a statement that she accepted responsibility and "will accept the consequences that stem from those actions". He admitted to paying $250,000 to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit.

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