Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

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Huffman has agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Huffman was accused of agreeing to pay Rick Singer, the coordinator of the scheme, to adjust her daughter's college entrance exam.

Huffman's daughter received an SAT score of 1420 out of a possible 1600 - an improvement of approximately 400 points over her Preliminary SAT exam, taken without Singer's help, one year earlier.

As Huffman made a decision to plead guilty, the United States Attorney calculated her "offense level" at 9, which had a sentencing guideline of 4-10 months, per the Department of Justice. Still, it didn't soften the blow as she expressed her remorse to Federal Judge Indira Talwani, telling the court that she accepted responsibility for the alleged crimes.

When she appeared in court in Boston, prosecutors recommended a sentence of four months prison time for the "Desperate Housewives" TV star for her role in the college admissions scandal.

Her sentencing hearing will happen on September 14, which is when we will find out how much jail time she will receive.

"I had no knowledge of Mr. Singer paying Mr. Riddell", she said, "but everything else that Mr. Rosen said I did, I did".

Huffman later discussed the scheme in a recorded phone call with Singer, prosecutors had said. Prosecutors have said the investigation is continuing.

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The following day, when a counselor at her daughter's school told Huffman she would have to take the test at her own school, the actress emailed Singer again: "Ruh Ro!"

Devin Sloane, a California businessman tied to the college admission scandal, also pleaded guilty.

Court documents said Huffman had paid the money disguised as a charitable donation .

Singer pleaded guilty in March to racketeering, money laundering; conspiracy to defraud the United States, and obstruction of justice.

Macy has not been charged and prosecutors have not explained why. Singer also bribed college coaches to falsely designate students as recruited athletes, smoothing their path to admission, a criminal complaint says.

With the doctored photo and a recruiting profile that falsely said Sloane's son played for the "Italian Junior National Team" and "LA Water Polo" team, the boy was admitted to USC in March 2018.

"My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her", the statement said.

We are, of course, talking about Lori Loughlin and her husband Massimo Giannulli, who could be pinged with that 20-year sentence on top of a combined fine of USD$750,000 (AUD$1,080,000) if found guilty.

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