Prosecutors recommend 4-month sentence for Felicity Huffman

Prosecutors recommend 4-month sentence for Felicity Huffman

Huffman entered her plea two months after she was arrested in the investigation named "Operation Varsity Blues", which accused wealthy parents of paying bribes to help their children get into elite universities across the country.

"I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions", Huffman said in a statement in April.

In exchange for Huffman's guilty plea, federal prosecutors have vowed to recommend a sentence at the "low end" of the sentencing range - a $20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release, according to the plea agreement - but the judge could also choose not to send her prison.

Huffman was accused of agreeing to pay Rick Singer, the coordinator of the scheme, to adjust her daughter's college entrance exam.

Lori Loughlin, on the other hand, has pled not guilty to the very same charges, as her attornies explained to her that they have a convincing case to thwart potential imprisonment.

"I just didn't want to create the impression that neuropsychologists have any part in this", a tearful Huffman said before stopping to collect herself.
The test was proctored by a testing expert whom Singer frequently paid, investigators said, to facilitate cheating by surreptitiously correcting answers or otherwise helping students during the exam. Both Huffman and Macy agreed to plan, authorities say, but Macy has not been charged.

Huffman's sentencing is scheduled for September 13.

According to the lengthy indictment ET obtained in March, Huffman allegedly paid $15,000 to help get her and husband William H. Macy's eldest daughter, 18-year-old Sofia, into an elite college by cheating on the Saturday.

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

Also scheduled to plead guilty Monday is Los Angeles businessman Devin Sloane, who authorities say paid $250,000 to get his son into USC as a fake water polo recruit.

Huffman was among the stars of the popular ABC series "Desperate Housewives", which won her an Emmy Award in 2005.

Loughlin and Giannulli, who are also charged with money laundering conspiracy, have not publicly commented.

She was nominated for an Oscar for playing a transgender woman in the movie Transamerica.

Under a plea deal with prosecutors, which saw Huffman plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, the actress faces the prospect of four months in jail although the judge has warned the penalty could be more severe.

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

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