Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Felicity Huffman

Felicity Huffman

Eric Rosen, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of MA said that prosecutors are also looking for one-year of supervised release and around $20,000 in fines. She will also pay a $20,000 fine.

Judges are not required, however, to abide by sentencing recommendations from prosecutors.

U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani asked Huffman if she was pleading guilty without any threats or pressure.

Several parents have already pleaded guilty, including Gordon Caplan and Bruce and Davina Isackson. Thirty-three parents have been charged in the wide-ranging case. "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 told the judge on 9 April.

According to the lengthy indictment ET obtained in March, Huffman allegedly paid $15,000 to help get her and husband William H. Macy's eldest daughter, 18-year-old Sofia, into an elite college by cheating on the Saturday. Huffman's husband William H. Macy was not charged with any crimes.

The actress made arrangements to cheat a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so, according to prosecutors. She emailed Singer: "Hurray!"

Huffman was nominated for an Oscar for best actress for her role in the 2005 film "Transamerica". Once she was done, Riddell, whose day job was leading college entrance exam preparation at IMG Academy in Florida, corrected her answers. Under these conditions, Huffman's daughter scored 1420 of her SATs, approximately 400 points higher than she scored a year earlier on her PSATs.

Two months later, Huffman and Macy paid $15,000 to Singer's foundation.

Huffman is one of 13 parents who say they will plead guilty to the scandal which has rocked the US. Singer has pleaded guilty to four felonies and admitted to masterminding the scheme; he will be sentenced in September.

She arrived at Boston federal court holding her brother Moore Huffman Junior's hand and remained silent as she entered the building for the afternoon hearing.

In October, Huffman and Macy told Singer they wanted to have their younger daughter's SAT rigged as well, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit. They ultimately agreed to $15,000. Singer also bribed college coaches to falsely certify that students had been recruited for the school's sports teams, further facilitating their path to admission, regardless of their athletic abilities, prosecutors said. They have not said why. Authorities say Sloane paid $250,000 to get his son admitted to USC as a fake water polo recruit by purchasing the requisite equipment online and hiring a graphic designer to falsify photos of his son playing the sport for his USC application.

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