BOSTON – Actress Felicity Huffman officially pleaded guilty today to allegations she paid $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT score as part of a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme.
The Desperate Housewives star entered her plea in Boston federal court two months after she was arrested in the case named “Operation Varsity Blues,” which accused wealthy parents of paying bribes to help their children get into elite universities across the country.
Prosecutors recommended a sentence of four months prison time for Huffman as well as 12 months of supervised release and a $20,000 fine.
The 56-year-old Huffman is among 14 parents who agreed to plead guilty to charges in the case.
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Authorities have called it the biggest college admissions cheating scandal ever prosecuted in the U.S., ensnaring Hollywood stars and business executives as well as coaches at such prestigious schools as Georgetown and Yale.
The parents are accused of paying an admissions consultant to bribe coaches in exchange for helping their children get into school as athletic recruits.
Authorities say the consultant, Rick Singer, also paid off entrance exam administrators to allow a proctor to take tests for students or fix their answers.
They allege Huffman paid Singer $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter’s SAT answers and considered going through with the plan for her younger daughter before deciding not to.
Huffman has apologized and said her daughter was unaware of her actions.
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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The Emmy-winning actress said in an emailed statement last month that she is in full acceptance of her 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.”