Actor Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in university admissions bribery scandal

14 Mai, 2019, 07:13 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Felicity Huffman facing charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme leave federal court in Boston

Prosecutors have recommended that Felicity Huffman spend four months in jail as part of a plea agreement in the high-profile college admissions cheating scandal.

Court documents filed in April indicated the Desperate Housewives star and 13 other defendants in the scheme planned to plead guilty.

More than a dozen parents have agreed to plead guilty in the biggest university admissions scandal ever brought to court in the US. She is among 14 parents who agreed to plead guilty to charges in the case.

"I just don't want to create the impression that the neuropsychologist (knew)", she told the judge.

She pleaded guilty to charges of honest services mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Her sentencing hearing was scheduled for September 13.

Huffman's daughter received an SAT score of 1420 out of a possible 1600 - an improvement of approximately 400 points over her Preliminary SAT exam, taken without Singer's help, one year earlier. 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. Her actor husband William H. Macy, who is not charged, didn't appear in court.

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

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"My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty", she wrote in a statement.

Investigators have said Macy, 69, was with Huffman when admissions consultant Rick Singer explained how he could arrange for the cheating because he "controlled" a test centre.

Huffman apologized in a statement last month and said she will accept the consequences.

The parents are accused of paying an admissions consultant to bribe coaches in exchange for helping their children get into school as athletic recruits.

Lori Loughlin, another Hollywood actress ensnared in the scandal along with her husband, has plead not guilty to allegedly paying a total of $500,000 in bribes to have their daughters accepted to the University of Southern California as members of the rowing team.

Rosen said the government wasn't alleging that Huffman's daughter inappropriately got extra time, but rather focused on the arrangements Huffman made for her daughter during that extra time.

Prosecutors have charged 33 parents with participating in the scheme with Singer, including Huffman, who was nominated for an Oscar for best actress for her role in 2005's "Transamerica", and Lori Loughlin, who starred in the TV series "Full House".

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