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Tearful Felicity Huffman admits role in U.S. college admissions scandal

14 May 2019

According to reports, Felicity Huffman entered a guilty plea for her involvement in the college admissions scandal.

As Huffman made a decision to plead guilty, the United States Attorney calculated her "offense level" at 9, which had a sentencing guideline of 4-10 months, per the Department of Justice. They also have said that they would recommend a fine of $20,000 and 12 months of supervised release.

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

Appearing in federal court, Huffman pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Prosecutors said Huffman agreed to pay $15,000 - disguised as a tax-deductible charitable contribution - to a foundation operated by admissions consultant William Singer, who in turn arranged for a proctor to correct her daughter's SAT exam.

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- Some experts said Huffman's public apology might help in sentencing.

"I had no knowledge of Singer paying (others)", Huffman said on Monday before she broke down in tears.

The scandal, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, involved several wealthy parents-including Huffman and Fuller House star Lori Loughlin-paying large sums of money to help their children gain admittance to well-known higher education institutions.

Last month, Huffman agreed to plead guilty, saying, "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". She said yes, and also said she had "requested, for legitimate medical reasons", that Sofia, who sees a neuropsychologist, receive extra time on the test, according to NBC News. The judge then reminded the 56-year-old actress that she would be waiving her right to stand trial if she pleaded guilty.

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Sentencing was set for September 13.

"I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney's office", Huffman said in a statement released last month.

Officials say Sloane even bought athletic gear online and worked with a graphic designer to create a bogus photo of his son playing the sport for the teen's application.

Some parents have chose to fight the charges. A further 17, including actress Lori Loughlin, have pleaded not guilty.

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Meanwhile, Loughlin, along with her husband Mossimo Giannulli (the founder of Mossimo clothing), allegedly paid $500,000 to have their 2 daughters designated as recruits for the USC crew team, despite the fact that they did not actually participate in crew.

Tearful Felicity Huffman admits role in U.S. college admissions scandal