Felicity Huffman Likely to Spend This Amount of Time in Jail

Felicity Huffman Likely to Spend This Amount of Time in Jail

Prosecutors in MA recommended a four-month prison sentence for actor Felicity Huffman on Monday after she formally entered her guilty plea in a college admissions scandal, court documents indicate.

Huffman entered a plea deal with prosecutors, which means she's liable to face a four-month prison term and a USD$20,000 (AUD$28,800) fine when she's sentenced on September 13. The Justice Department asked for a minimal sentence in exchange for her guilty plea.

Eric Rosen, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of MA said that prosecutors are also looking for one-year of supervised release and around $20,000 in fines.

The Desperate Housewives actress appeared in court on Monday to officially plead guilty in the case.

Huffman agreed to plead guilty for "conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud" in April. Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy, is also said to have agreed to the arrangement, though he was not charged in the case.

- Some experts said Huffman's public apology might help in sentencing.

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.

Huffman later discussed the scheme in a recorded phone call with Singer, the complaint says.

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"My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her", the statement said.

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

"Everything else Mr. Rosen said I did, I did", she said.

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.

The actress made arrangements to cheat a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so, according to prosecutors.

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.

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

They include fellow actress Lori Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, who have pleaded not guilty to paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California as crew recruits even though neither of them is a rower.

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