Felicity Huffman has reportedly arrived to a Boston courthouse where she will plead guilty on Monday to charges connected to a widespread college admission scam in which wealthy, connected parents paid bribes to help their children cheat on admissions tests, as well as fraudulently gain admission to elite colleges.
TMZ reports that Huffman arrived without her husband William H. Macy to a courthouse where she will plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud along with honest services mail fraud. Huffman is believed to have paid $15,000 to a fake nonprofit organization that used the money to arrange for unearned advantages in college admissions testing for her eldest daughter. The sum Huffman and her husband paid is on the lower scale among the dozens accused in the admissions scam; including one family that allegedly paid $6.5 to get their daughter into Stanford University.
The former star of “Desperate Housewives” could face from 4 to 10 months in prison, though TMZ reports that her attorneys are expected to ask for 0 to 6 months in exchange for the guilty plea. The actress is among 24 accused in the scandal who has or is expected to plead guilty. She acknowledged her culpability in a statement last month, which read in part:
“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.
“… My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”
According to Fox 5, Huffman’s daughter scored a 1420 on the SAT exam; an increase of 400 points from the PSAT exam she had taken the year before.
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