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US actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

US actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 14 May 2019, 04:29 pm

Washington, May 14 (Xinhua/UNI) US actress Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to federal charges, admitting that she shelled out thousands of dollars to a fixer who helped boost her daughter's college admission hopes.

CNBC reported that Huffman, 56, paid 15,000 dollars to correct answers on her daughter's SAT exam, a standardized test widely used for college admissions in the United States, leading to a remarkably improved score from the teen's Preliminary SAT performance, according to prosecutors.

The Oscar-nominated actress, known for her role in 'Desperate Housewives,' had agreed to plead guilty last month to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, court records showed.

Prosecutors on Monday recommended Huffman, who was arrested in March, receive four months behind bars.

She is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept 13.

Five parents have pleaded guilty in connection with the prosecution. Nine others have made agreements with prosecutors to plead guilty at a later date.

Huffman paid the money to a fund run by William 'Rick' Singer, who helped well-heeled clients to either boost standardised test scores of their children or pass them off as elite athletes to be qualified for special or lower admissions standards.

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

Prominent schools such as Yale University, Stanford University, USC, and Georgetown University, among others, were implicated in the far-reaching probe, nicknamed Operation Varsity Blues, which was disclosed earlier this year. 

US actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

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