Actress Felicity Huffman will likely do time in prison after pleading guilty to fraud and conspiracy charges stemming from $15,000 she paid to have her daughter’s SAT answers corrected. Huffman’s guilty plea comes after she was implicated in a wide-reaching college admissions scandal that saw 50 people — including Huffman and actress Lori Loughlin — charged with bribing their kids’ way into college.
“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. I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues, and the educational community,” said Huffman in a statement delivered on Monday.
“I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize 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. My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her,” she continued.
Legal experts say that Huffman is likely to face 4 to 10 months in prison — a somewhat light sentence because of her lack of criminal history and the relatively small amount of money involved. Loughlin, on the other hand, allegedly paid bribes totaling $500,000 to have her daughters recruited onto the University of Southern California crew team. A dozen other parents, including Los Angeles marketing guru Jane Buckingham, have also reportedly agreed to plead guilty to charges of fraud and conspiracy.
Read the full story at the Los Angeles Times.