Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in the college admissions scheme

Felicity Huffman facing charges in a nationwide college admissions cheating scheme leave federal court in Boston

Huffman paid $15,000 to a bogus charity set up by a man, William Rick Singer, who arranged to have her daughter's SAT score gamed by getting her extra time for her to take the test as well as having someone correct her answers after the fact.

On Monday, she appeared at a court in Boston, where she formally entered her plea for a single charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

Huffman arrived at the courthouse holding hands with her brother Moore Huffman Jr. Under the plea deal, prosecutors recommended he spend 12 months and a day in prison, undergo a year of supervision and pay a $75,000 penalty.

It's speculated that Huffman may face four to 10 months behind bars depending on the terms of her plea agreement.

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

- Some experts said Huffman's public apology might help in sentencing.

She is married to William H. Macy, 69, star of the television show "Shameless" and numerous Hollywood films including Fargo. Prosecutors have not explained why.

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A California businessman has pleaded guilty to paying $250,000 in bribes to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit.

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.

The scandal, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, involved several wealthy parents-including Huffman and Fuller House star Lori Loughlin-paying large sums of money to help their children gain admittance to well-known higher education institutions.

The wealthy parents charged allegedly paid bribes, had exams altered, and even had their children edited into stock photos to fake sporting talents in order to fraudulently secure spots at elite United States universities. Singer also paid off entrance exam administrators to allow someone else to take tests for students or fix their answers, authorities say.

In April, Huffman issued a statement apologizing for her actions. Huffman was also nominated for an Oscar for playing a transgender woman in the movie "Transamerica".

For a school of that caliber - Georgetown's acceptance rate that year was below 15% - Singer told Huffman and Macy their daughter would need to score in the mid-1400s to 1500 on her SAT "to be solid".

She will be sentenced September 13.

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