Felicity Huffman makes guilty plea in college admissions scandal


Last month, Felicity agreed to plead guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud connection with the case. Whereas the identity of the family that paid $1.2 million was only recently learned, Huffman, who paid the comparatively teeny fee of $15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT scores, has been making headlines for weeks-particularly after seven Federal Bureau of Investigation agents took her into custody in mid-March, prompting her to pay a $250,000 bail.

Huffman's daughter received an SAT score of 1420 out of a possible 1600 - about 400 points higher than her Preliminary SAT exam a year earlier. Prosecutors said they would recommend four months in prison.

Prosecutors have recommended a sentence at the low end of guidelines that call for four to 10 months in prison, according to Huffman's plea deal and federal sentencing guidelines.

Huffman is scheduled to be sentenced on September 13. Singer told the couple he "controlled" a private school in West Hollywood, where Huffman's daughter would take the exam; he explained that an accomplice, 36-year-old Mark Riddell, would proctor the exam and correct their daughter's answers after she finished the test.

"I had no knowledge of Mr. Singer paying Mr. Riddell", she said, "but everything else that Mr. Rosen said I did, I did". Her husband, actor William H. Macy, didn't attend.

Huffman said her daughter was unaware of the cheating, and that she felt "regret and shame" for having "betrayed" her.

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The Emmy-award winning actress was accused of paying $15,000 to have a proctor correct the answers on daughter's SAT exam.

The organization, known as Key Worldwide Foundation, was allegedly run by college consultant William Singer, who has confessed to helping wealthy parents cheat on standardized tests for their children. A further 17, including actress Lori Loughlin, have pleaded not guilty.

Court documents said Huffman had paid the money disguised as a charitable donation . Singer also bribed college coaches to falsely designate students as recruited athletes, smoothing their path to admission, a criminal complaint says.

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

Some parents have made a decision to fight the charges.

Also scheduled to plead guilty Monday is Los Angeles businessman Devin Sloane, who authorities say paid $250,000 to get his son into USC as a fake water polo recruit. Then, 12 other parents also said they would plead guilty in connection with the scandal.