WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Actress Felicity Huffman could spend 4 months in prison for pleading guilty regarding her participation in a college bribery scandal.
- Huffman confessed to paying a large amount of money to the organizer of the scheme to manipulate and change her daughter’s SAT score.
- Following her submission of her official plea, she was recommended by the U.S. Assistant Attorney to have 4 months prison time, with a $20,000 fine and supervised release of 12 months.
Film and TV actress Felicity Huffman could be sent to jail after pleading guilty Monday for being involved in the college admission scandal.
Dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, the scandal had several rich parents like Huffman and Fuller House star Lori Loughlin paying huge amounts of cash in order for their children to be admitted to prominent universities and colleges.
In April, Huffman pleaded guilty after admitting that she paid $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT score changed. Her official plea was submitted on Monday to Judge Indira Talwani. The Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric Rosen proposed four months in prison along with a fine of $20,000 and 12 months of supervised release for Huffman.
According to USA Today, Huffman gave up her ability to appeal the decision of the judge of up to 20 years in prison as part of the agreement. She was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
“I am in full acceptance of my guilt, with deep regret and shame over what I have done, and of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” said Huffman whose actions appeared to clear her daughter, Sophia Grace Macy, of any involvement.
According to the affidavit, Huffman was accused of paying Rick Singer, the organizer of the scheme, to adjust her daughter’s college entrance exam. Singer provided Mark Riddell to proctor Macy’s exam and correct her answers. Her test was given a score of 1420, which is 400 points higher from her PSAT that she took the previous year.
Lawyer and author of Entitlemania: How Not to Spoil Your Kids, and What to Do if You Have, Richard Watts, told Newsweek that parents who commit crimes just to help their children progress in life are creating more problems.
He said that many parents seem to lose sight of what’s best for their children so they try to take over their academic career for them not to experience any hardship or failure.
“And yet self-reliance, failure and recovery are the very life forces that sharpen the tools of our youth to gain confidence in their ability to be agents of their own uplift,” added Watts.
Following the bribery scandal, concerns about the college admission process were raised including some who challenged how this would impact their children’s placement at their respective colleges and universities.