Felicity Huffman made her way to court in Boston on Monday (May 13) to officially plead guilty for her part in the college admissions scandal. Earlier this year, the Desperate Housewives actress revealed that she would plead guilty to charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
In the case, Felicity allegedly ”made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 … to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter. Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so.” The indictment reveals that their daughter was given more time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterwards.”
According to NBC News, prosecutors recommended a sentence of four months in jail. In addition, they suggested a $20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release. The judge will decide sentencing on Sept. 13.
Felicity also revealed in court that her daughter, who has been seeing a neuropsychologist since she was 8, has been dealing with a learning disorder and for medical reasons the mom of two requested extra time for the test.
“I just didn’t want to create the impression that the neuropsychologist had any involvement because she, like my daughter, didn’t have any knowledge of my actions, of what I had done,” a tearful Huffman said, according to the news outlet. “Everything else that Mr. Rosen said I did, I did.”
Huffman apologized for her wrong doing in a statement last month.
“I am in full acceptance of my 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. I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, 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.”