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Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

14 May 2019

Sentencing is set for September 13. Yesterday they recommended a jail sentence of four months.

Judges are not required, however, to abide by sentencing recommendations from prosecutors.

Actress Felicity Huffman tearfully pleaded guilty on Monday to paying to rig a college-entrance exam for her daughter, part of a wide-ranging scandal in which wealthy parents used fraud to secure their children spots at prominent US universities.

Singer recorded a number of conversations in which he and wealthy parents discussed these schemes, including a conversation with Huffman.

Thirteen other parents have also agreed to plead guilty. Thirty-three parents have been charged in the wide-ranging case.

"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 previously said.

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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. She confirmed that she paid $15,000 to consultant William "Rick" Singer to have a proctor correct her daughter's SAT scores in December 2017.

"My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her", the statement continued. She emailed Singer: "Hurray!"

Lori Loughlin plead not guilty to paying $500,000 in bribes to get her daughters into the University of Southern California.

A source tells ET that Huffman is definitely trying to atone for her actions.

The girl scored 400 points higher than when she took the preliminary SAT a year earlier, prosecutors said.

Court documents said Huffman had paid the money disguised as a charitable donation . Singer confessed to unlawfully helping children from numerous extremely affluent families cheat on standardized tests, also bribed a number of NCAA coaches to falsely designate the children as recruited athletes, thereby greatly lowering the minimum academic standard required for admission at prestigious schools such as Georgetown and Yale.

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Huffman, 56, is among 14 parents who have agreed to plead guilty to charges in the case.

Macy has not been charged and prosecutors have not explained why.

Huffman was accompanied to court Monday by her brother, Moore Huffman Jr. Huffman paid Singer $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter's SAT answers and considered going through with the plan for her younger daughter before deciding not to, authorities say.

"Cool", Macy said, according to transcripts quoted in the affidavit.

Devin Sloane entered his plea Monday in Boston federal court. The girls were admitted to USC as members of the crew team, though they did not participate in the sport. "They have no business or legal right considering all the student privacy issues to be calling and challenging/question [my son]'s application!"

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Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal