- Felicity Huffman was one of at least 40 people indicted on Tuesday in an alleged $US25 million college admissions scheme that helped children get into elite universities.
- Huffman and her husband, William H. Macy, allegedly arranged for their oldest daughter’s SAT score to be falsified so she could get into top colleges.
- According to court documents, clients in the alleged scheme would pay between $US15,000 and $US75,000, disguised as charity donations, to have someone take their children’s SAT and ACT exams for them or correct the answers on their tests.
- Prosecutors allege that Huffman and Macy paid $US15,000 to Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF), which was allegedly a front used in the scheme.
- The $US15,000 was disguised as a donation that was said to help disadvantaged youth.
Felicity Huffman and her husband, William H. Macy, allegedly disguised a $US15,000 bribe to help their oldest daughter get into college as a charitable donation for disadvantaged youth.
Huffman was one of at least 40 people indicted on Tuesday in an alleged $US25 million college admissions scheme to help children get into elite universities.
According to court documents, clients in the alleged scheme would pay between $US15,000 and $US75,000 to have someone take children’s SAT and ACT exams for them or their answers corrected, according to the criminal complaint. The payments were typically structured as donations to Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF), which was allegedly a front used in the scheme, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors allege that Huffman and Macy paid $US15,000 to KWF to participate in the scheme on behalf of their eldest daughter.
According to court documents, Huffman received a letter from KWF stating “no goods or services were exchanged” for the $US15,000, and that the funds would “allow us to move forward with our plans to provide educational and self-enrichment programs to disadvantaged youth.”
The money was instead used to pay for someone to take the SAT exam for Huffman and Macy’s oldest daughter, prosecutors alleged in court documents.
According to court documents, a cooperating witness met with Huffman and Macy and explained the scheme to them in their Los Angeles home.
Macy had previously told the cooperating witness that he wanted their daughter to get into “a school other than ASU.”
“We’re talking about Georgetown,” he said to the witness.
The cooperating witness told investigators that the couple “agreed to the plan.”
The witness told investigators that he advised Huffman and Macy to obtain extra time on the SAT for their daughter, which Huffman celebrated by emailing the witness, “Hurray!”
According to the College Board, students are given extra time if they have a disability that causes them to work more slowly than others.
Huffman then arranged for her daughter to take the SAT at the West Hollywood Test Center in December 2017.
At the same time, the Department of Justice’s second cooperating witness flew to Los Angeles. He told investigators every time he was in LA to proctor an SAT or ACT he “facilitated cheating, either by correcting the student’s answers after the test or by actively assisting the student during the exam.”
Huffman’s daughter received a 1420 on the SAT, an improvement of about 400 points from her PSAT.
In late December 2017, KFW paid college exam administrator Igor Dvorskiy $US40,000 for administering the SAT to Huffman’s daughter and three other students according to court documents.
KFW paid the second cooperating witness $US35,000 for purporting to proctor the exam, court documents said.
Two months later, Huffman and her spouse made the $US15,000 payment to KWF, court documents said.
According to court documents, Huffman had also made arrangements for their youngest daughter to be part of the scheme, but later decided not to do so.
Huffman was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Macy has not been charged.
- Read more about the college admissions scandal:
- Investigators reveal how Hollywood actresses and the wealthy allegedly paid to get their kids into elite colleges by cheating on exams and faking athletic skills
- Here’s the full list of people charged in the college admissions cheating scandal
- Investigators say parents were editing their kids’ heads onto stock photos of athletes to help get them into elite colleges
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