Felicity Huffman, 12 others to plead guilty in college admissions scandal

College admissions scandal: Felicity Huffman to plead guilty

Court documents made public on Monday show Huffman and 12 other prominent parents will plead guilty in the scheme. They were not among those who agreed to plead guilty, and they have not publicly addressed the allegations.

Huffman says in a statement she is "in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done".

The actor was accused of paying $15,000 to have a proctor boost her older daughter's SAT score in order to ease her way into college.

Brush with the law: Actress Felicity Huffman at a Los Angeles courthouse after she was charged.

The group of 13 parents and one university athletic coach agreed to plea guilty to charges including "using bribery and other forms of fraud", per a Massachusetts Department of Justice press release.

Filed by the United States Attorney for the District of MA, the original indictment alleged that 32 people - including Huffman and Loughlin - bribed college entrance-exam administrators to allow cheating on the tests and university athletic coaches to designate school applicants as athletic recruits, regardless of athletic ability or experience playing a sport.

A confidential informant told investigators that after Felicity made this "donation", he could arrange for a third party to correct her eldest daughter Sofia Grace's answers on the Saturday. "This has been one of the most trying times in her life".

"On or about March 21, 2018, Masera sent HUFFMAN and her spouse a letter thanking them for the purported donation and falsely stating that it would "allow us to move forward with our plans to provide educational and self-enrichment programs to disadvantaged youth", noted an affidavit from the federal prosecutors filed today of the digital paper trail between Huffman and William H. Macy and Singer's team (read it here)".

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Macy was not charged.

The indictments, made public on March 12, saw 50 people charged in the nationwide $25 million scam by William Singer and his phony Key Worldwide Foundation. They allegedly pursued doing the same for their younger daughter, but ultimately decided not to repeat their actions.

She added in the statement that her daughter had known nothing about her actions: "In my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her".

Interestingly there was no mention of Huffman's husband Macy in her statement today. "My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty", she concluded.

Lori Loughlin (centre) and daughters Olivia Jade Gianulli (left) and Isabella Gianulli (right).

Another well-known actress, Lori Loughlin, known for her role on "Full House", has also been charged in the case but did not enter a plea. Loughlin was dropped by the Hallmark Channel after the scandal broke.

Ms Loughlin is accused along with her husband of paying almost $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters admitted to the University of Southern California.

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