Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in US college-admissions scandal


Huffman pleaded guilty to a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

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. Whereas the identity of the family that paid $1.2 million was only recently learned, Huffman, who paid the comparatively teeny fee of $15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT scores, has been making headlines for weeks-particularly after seven Federal Bureau of Investigation agents took her into custody in mid-March, prompting her to pay a $250,000 bail. Prosecutors said her score improved by 400 points.

CNN reports that prosecutors plan to seek a sentence of four to 10 months' jail time for the "Desperate Housewives" TV star, although the charges could carry a max penalty of 20 years in prison.

Huffman is among 14 parents who have said they would plead guilty in the scam. In pleading guilty, Huffman gave up the right to challenge her conviction and her sentence, whatever it may be. In addition to possible prison time, Huffman is facing a year of supervised release and a fine up to $20,000.

Huffman is scheduled to be sentenced on September 13.

Singer recorded a number of conversations in which he and wealthy parents discussed these schemes, including a conversation with Huffman.

Huffman and Macy agreed to it, according to a FBI affidavit filed in federal court. The money was disguised as a donation to Singer's charitable foundation, prosecutors said.

Devin Sloane also pleaded guilty today.

Huffman and Singer exchanged emails on how to provide her daughter with extra time to take the SAT exam and arranged for the child to take the test in a location controlled by an administrator whom Singer had bribed, according to the complaint.

Actress Lori Loughlin is accused of hiring Singer as well, though the charges against her are more serious.

Huffman is one of 13 parents who say they will plead guilty to the scandal which has rocked the US.

Macy has not been charged and prosecutors have not explained why. "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", the actress said in a statement last month.

A California businessman has pleaded guilty to paying $250,000 in bribes to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit. Then, 12 other parents also said they would plead guilty in connection with the scandal.