According to an investigator's affidavit filed in federal court in Boston, Huffman paid $15,000 to a sham charity controlled by admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer in exchange for help obtaining a fraudulent SAT score for her older daughter.
The star had previously released a statement taking responsibility for her actions and admitting guilt while showing at least some level of remorse, so it's possible a judge may acknowledge that as appropriately remorseful and lighten her sentence, especially after her guilty plea today. News, Huffman faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, but she has not yet been sentenced.
Meanwhile, Loughlin, along with her husband Mossimo Giannulli (the founder of Mossimo clothing), allegedly paid $500,000 to have their 2 daughters designated as recruits for the USC crew team, despite the fact that they did not actually participate in crew. Prosecutors have said they will seek between four and 10 months of jail time for the actress.
Huffman, of Los Angeles, was among 33 parents charged in March when federal prosecutors disclosed an investigation of an illicit scheme that a college admissions consultant orchestrated to help children of the wealthy get into prominent universities.
In an earlier court appearance, Huffman said she regretted her role in the scandal and admitted to wrongdoing.
The case has put the career of the Emmy-winning star of "Desperate Housewives" in turmoil and laid bare the elite's ability to influence the education system.
Singer also paid off entrance exam administrators to allow someone else to take tests for students or fix their answers, authorities say. Huffman was also nominated for an Oscar for playing a transgender woman in the movie Transamerica. The judge then reminded the 56-year-old actress that she would be waiving her right to stand trial if she pleaded guilty.
The charges include conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, while the scam reportedly involved money sent to a California businessman who promised to get applicants into the colleges of their choice. A limited Netflix series featuring Huffman on the Central Park Five case is expected to debut this month.
"I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney's Office".