Hollywood A-lister Felicity Huffman admits role in USA college admissions scandal

Hollywood A-lister Felicity Huffman admits role in USA college admissions scandal

Huffman pleaded guilty in federal court to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter's answers on the Saturday.

Felicity Huffman, the actress known for her role in "Desperate Housewives", was in federal court in Boston today. Singer then facilitated cheating on Huffman's daughter's SAT test by having a proctor correct the teen's answers after the fact.

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

Another 10 parents have said they will also plead guilty in the scandal that saw some of the accused pay as much as $400,000 to get their children into their chosen college. "According to CNN, "prosecutors recommended a sentence of four months prison time along with "$20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release for the charge, which is a felony". Wealthy parents paid a total of US$25-million to bribe coaches to help their children gain spots at universities such as Yale, Georgetown and the University of Southern California (USC).

Felicity Huffman teared up while pleading guilty to mail fraud in a federal court on May 13, learning that she could face significant jail time for the alleged crimes.

In a mea culpa a month earlier, Huffman said she would not contest the government's allegations and apologized to the public and her friends, family and daughter, who Huffman said knew nothing of the test-fixing scheme.

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She is one of several high-profile defendants in the case, who include actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli.

Felicity Huffman formally pleaded guilty for her part in a massive college admissions scam during her court appearance in Boston, Massachusetts, on Monday, ET can confirm. Judge Talwani confirmed to Huffman after asking repeatedly that she was sure she wanted to plead guilty, that she has lost a number of rights: gun ownership, voting in many states, and holding office.

Singer pleaded guilty in March to racketeering, money laundering; conspiracy to defraud the USA, and obstruction of justice. In Sloane's plea agreement, prosecutors are recommending he receive a prison term of about a year. The two-part scheme, prosecutors said, included cheating on tests and helping applicants pose as recruited athletes to improve their chances of admission.

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.

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

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