Felicity Huffman Cries As She Officially Pleads Guilty In College Admissions Scandal

Felicity Huffman Cries As She Officially Pleads Guilty In College Admissions Scandal

The Hollywood actress Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to taking part in a college admissions scam in which wealthy parents paid to get their children into leading universities.

The girl scored 400 points higher than when she took the preliminary SAT a year earlier, prosecutors said. If they make that argument and are successful, Huffman could face a sentence between six months in prison and no time at all, according to federal sentencing guidelines.

So far, 20 people have agreed to plead guilty following a wave of arrests under the code name Operation Varsity Blues.

Huffman officially pled guilty on Monday, but she's been careful to take ownership of her blame and cooperate from the start.

Prosecutors are looking into a four to 10-month prison sentence for Huffman, though she could receive a term on the lower end because of her guilty plea, according to The Associated Press. She is set to be sentenced in September.

"I had no knowledge of Mr. Singer paying Mr. Riddell", she said, "but everything else that Mr. Rosen said I did, I did". Nor was Huffman's husband and Sophia's father, William H. Macy, despite the fact he had correspondence with Singer. The money was disguised as a donation to Singer's charitable foundation, prosecutors said. Singer confessed to unlawfully helping children from numerous extremely affluent families cheat on standardized tests, also bribed a number of NCAA coaches to falsely designate the children as recruited athletes, thereby greatly lowering the minimum academic standard required for admission at prestigious schools such as Georgetown and Yale.

Huffman was nominated for an Oscar for best actress for her role in the 2005 film "Transamerica".

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Several parents have already pleaded guilty, including Gordon Caplan and Bruce and Davina Isackson.

Huffman has apologized and said her daughter was unaware of her actions.

Singer pleaded guilty in March to racketeering, money laundering; conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and obstruction of justice.

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In October, Huffman and Macy told Singer they wanted to have their younger daughter's SAT rigged as well, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit.

Authorities say Sloane gave $250,000 to an admissions consultant's sham charity and the USC women's athletic program and to have his son designated as a water polo recruit even though he didn't play the sport.

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.

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