Published: Tue, May 14, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Felicity Huffman Expected To Plead Guilty Today In College Admission Scandal

Felicity Huffman Expected To Plead Guilty Today In College Admission Scandal

Huffman pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The plea comes two months after she was arrested for her role in the college admission scandal law enforcement officials dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues", in which Huffman paid $15,000 to a phony charity in order to facilitate her daughter's cheating on the SATs. Her charges carried a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, but with the plea deal prosecutors have recommended a lighter sentence of 4-to-10-months. Still, it didn't soften the blow as she expressed her remorse to Federal Judge Indira Talwani, telling the court that she accepted responsibility for the alleged crimes.

The judge will wait to sentence Huffman until she gets a PSR (pre-sentence report). 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 (others)", Huffman said Monday before crying.

Huffman was among 50 people charged in March in what authorities have called the largest college admissions cheating scandal ever prosecuted in the U.S.

Her husband, Fargo star William H Macy, was not with her in court.


"Everything else (the prosecutor) said I did, I did", she said. The Key Worldwide Foundation, whose purported mission was to help "underserved children" pursue an education, has since been exposed as Singer's vehicle for laundering payments from parents and paying bribes to college coaches, administrators and exam proctors. A further 17, including actress Lori Loughlin, have pleaded not guilty.

Huffman did not dispute the facts stated by the government, but she clarified that her daughter had received extra time on tests since first seeing a neuropsychologist at age 8. Macy, was not charged in the case, despite references in the criminal complaint.

A California businessman has pleaded guilty to paying $250,000 in bribes to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit. The girls were admitted to USC as members of the crew team, though they did not participate in the sport. She was among 13 parents who have said they would plead guilty in the scam.

"My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her", the statement said.

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