Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Actress Felicity Huffman left Federal Court in Boston in April

Huffman issued a statement last month saying she is "in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, accept full responsibility for my actions and I will accept the consequences that stem from those actions".

According to court documents, Huffman paid Singer's Key Worldwide Foundation (KWF) $15,000. The couple also considered using Singer's services for their younger daughter, but ultimately opted not to, according to a criminal complaint.

Investigators have said Macy, 69, was with her when admissions consultant Rick Singer explained how he could arrange for the cheating because he "controlled" a test centre.

Strategies included paying invigilators to fix answers, and allowing impostors to sit the exams.

On March 12, the U.S. Attorney's Office in MA announced it had charged 50 people, including Huffman and Lori Loughlin, in the cheating scandal. The organization hired individuals to take tests on behalf of students with falsified medical forms claiming they required extra time on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. Huffman also previously agreed to cooperate with the IRS to pay back taxes improperly deducted due to KWF's false status as a nonprofit.

During Huffman's appearance in Boston federal court, Judge Indira Talwani asked the former "Desperate Housewives" star if she was "pleading guilty of your own free will?"

Under the terms of Huffman's plea agreement, prosecutors are recommending a sentence that would include at least four months in prison. News, Huffman faces a maximum of 20 years in prison, but she has not yet been sentenced.

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Prosecutors say they will seek between four and 10 months in prison.

Authorities say Sloane gave $250,000 to an admissions consultant's sham charity and the USC women's athletic program and to have his son designated as a water polo recruit even though he didn't play the sport.

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.

Huffman's plea came two months after she was arrested in what's been called "Operation Varsity Blues", in which wealthy parents are accused of paying bribes to help their children get admitted into elite universities across the nation. Others involved like actress Lori Loughlin and her husband have entered not guilty pleas.

Rosen also said Huffman scored "multiple concessions" from the government, including avoiding prosecution for money laundering.

Some parents have made a decision to fight the charges.

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