Prosecutors recommend Felicity Huffman receive 4 months in prison for her part in the college admissions scandal

JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP/Getty ImagesActress Felicity Huffman is escorted by Police into court where she is expected to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud before Judge Talwani at John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts, May 13, 2019.
  • Actress Felicity Huffman appeared in federal court in Boston on Monday afternoon to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal.
  • Prosecutors recommended Huffman receive a four-month prison sentence and a fine of $US20,000 for her role in the scandal.
  • Prosecutors said in a March criminal complaint that Huffman paid the scheme’s ringleader, William “Rick” Singer, $US15,000 to have someone cheat on a college entrance exam for her eldest daughter.
  • She was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in March. She agreed to plead guilty in April.
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Actress Felicity Huffman appeared in Boston federal court on Monday to plead guilty in her role in the college admissions scandal.

Prosecutors recommended that Huffman receive a four-month prison sentence and a fine of $US20,000 in exchange for the guilty plea,WHDH reporter Justin Dougherty said. Her plea agreement also recommended 12 months of supervised release.

Prosecutors said in a March criminal complaint that Huffman paid the scheme’s ringleader, William “Rick” Singer, $US15,000 to have someone cheat on a college entrance exam for her eldest daughter.

Huffman agreed to plead guilty in April, and appeared in court to formally give her plea to a judge. She was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in March.

Prosecutors alleged in the criminal complaint that Huffman paid Singer to have her eldest daughter’s SAT score falsified.


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The criminal complaint said Huffman arranged for her daughter to take the SAT at the West Hollywood Test Center, where her answers were later corrected.

She then disguised a $US15,000 payment to singer as a charitable donation for disadvantaged young people, the criminal complaint alleged.

She was among 14 defendants who pleaded guilty in the scheme in April.

“I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues, and the educational community,”Huffman said in a statement at the time. “I want to apologise to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”

A total of 50 people have been charged in the scheme, including parents, college athletic coaches, and entrance exam administrators.

In addition to accusing parents and children of cheating on entrance exams, the scandal also accused parents of using bribes to admit students into colleges as recruited athletes, prosecutors said.

Fellow actress Lori Loughlin pleaded not guilty in the scheme. Because she has not taken a plea deal, she faces up to 40 years in prison.

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