Prosecutors recommended four months of prison time along with a $20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release for actress Felicity Huffman.
The “Desperate Housewives” star appeared in Boston court Monday and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, CNN reported. The recommended punishment comes for her involvement in the nation-wide college admissions scandal.
— Adam Liberatore (@bostonTVguy) May 13, 2019
As previously reported, Huffman was accused of paying $15,000 to have someone fix her daughter’s SAT scores. She was arrested and charged with wire fraud on March 12. Her plea makes her the first high-profile celebrity involved in the case to plead guilty to her involvement in the case.
Huffman’s $15,000 was disguised as a donation to confirmed scammer Rick Singer’s charity. Singer confessed to taking money from wealthy parents in the form of donations to bribe coaches and others into admitted their kids into top-tier colleges. (RELATED: Felicity Huffman Agrees To Plead Guilty For Her Alleged Part In College Admissions Scam)
The wire fraud felony carries a maximum prison sentence of 20 years, but Huffman is expected to spend four months in prison.
BREAKING: Felicity Huffman pleads guilty to paying $15,000 to rig daughter’s SAT score in college admissions scheme.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 13, 2019
In a statement, Felicity Huffman says she’s pleading guilty.
“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.” pic.twitter.com/T6tx1VUiCE
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Huffman released a statement at the beginning of April when she decided to plead guilty to the wire fraud.
“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,” Huffman said.
“I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community,” Huffman shared. “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.”