Despite her plea deal in the college admissions scam, “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman will go to prison — if feds have their way.
TMZ reports that federal prosecutors are recommending prison time after Huffman pleaded guilty Monday to honest services mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Huffman reportedly paid the owner of a fraudulent nonprofit organization $15,000 to arrange for her daughter to cheat on a college entrance exam.
According to the TMZ report, federal prosecutors are recommending the low end of the possible penalty — 4 to 10 months in prison. Huffman’s lawyers are expected to argue that she should serve 0 to 6 months for her involvement in the widespread college admissions scandal.
As CrimeOnline reported Monday, the maximum penalty for Huffman’s crime is 20 years in prison and 3 years of supervised release, though a plea deal is very likely to spare her the maximum sentence.
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TMZ reports that prosecutors will also ask Huffman to pay a $20,000 fine, serve one year on probation, and pay an undetermined amount in restitution.
Huffman was reportedly among 13 of the dozens of parents accused in the conspiracy to plead guilty on Monday. One coach also pleaded guilty, according to TMZ. The identities of the other defendants who entered into plea deals on Monday not known at this time.
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