Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in USA college-admissions scandal

Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in USA college-admissions scandal

Authorities have called it the biggest college admissions cheating scandal ever prosecuted in the US, ensnaring Hollywood stars and business executives as well as coaches at such prestigious schools as Georgetown and Yale.

California businessman Devin Sloane also pleaded guilty Monday to paying $250,000 in bribes to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit. In a statement she read to the court, Huffman claimed her daughter did not know that her mother had paid to have the answers on her SAT exam corrected after taking the test.

Huffman later discussed the scheme in a recorded phone call with Singer, prosecutors had said.

She is among 14 prominent parents who have agreed to plead guilty since dozens of people were arrested in March in the case named Operation Varsity Blues.

The Emmy-winning actress, 56, could face prison time after she admitted to participating in the nationwide scam, in which authorities said parents had bribed coaches, rigged entrance exams or both to game the admissions system.

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 USA universities. Her sentencing hearing was scheduled for September 13.

Huffman said she "betrayed" her daughter, who had no knowledge of the scheme.

That charge could have been lodged because Huffman paid off college-admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer by transferring money from her bank account to Singer's crooked "Key World Wide" charity, Rosen said.

Sources previously said to Us Weekly that Lori and her lawyers believe that when the public gets all of the information, they won't have the same negative view of her as they once did.

In exchange for Huffman's guilty plea, federal prosecutors agreed to recommend incarceration at the "low end" of the sentencing range, a $20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release, the plea agreement states, according to CNN. "My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty".

Huffman apologized in a statement last month and said she will accept the consequences.

Lori Loughlin, on the other hand, has pled not guilty to the very same charges, as her attornies explained to her that they have a convincing case to thwart potential imprisonment. To make their new profiles more believable, however, the feds say Mossimo sent action photos of their daughters on rowing machines.

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