Actress Felicity Huffman is among 14 defendants in a wide-ranging college admissions scam who have agreed to plead guilty — and she now faces up to 20 years in prison.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, the former “Desperate Housewives” star is accused of paying the owner of a fraudulent foundation $15,000 to help her daughter cheat on a college entrance exam. She was arrested last month along with over 50 parents accused of paying high-ticket sums to the Key Worldwide Foundation to gain their children access to elite universities.
Former “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying William Singer, the Key Worldwide Foundation’s owner, a six-figure sum to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California by bribing an athletic director to give them places reserved for crew team recruits — though neither daughter was a crew athlete.
NBC News reporter Tom Winter said on Twitter that Huffman and over a dozen other defendants have agreed to plead guilty in the scandal, and that Huffman is specifically pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The maximum penalty for the charges is reportedly 20 years in prison and 3 years of supervised release, though as the reporter notes, a plea deal indicates that Huffman will not be given the maximum sentence.
NBC News: Huffman agrees to plead guilty to the charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud which has a a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release and fines (doubtful she does that much time).
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) April 8, 2019
The identities of the other defendants who pleaded guilty are not yet known.
CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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