Actress Felicity Huffman was among 13 defendants who agreed to plead guilty in a federal courtroom yesterday, in the infamous “college admissions scandal.” Huffman will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
The Los Angeles Times (@LATIMES) reported, Bay Area real estate developer, Bruce Jackson also agreed to plead guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy and one count to defraud the IRS. Jackson’s wife will also plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud. Thirty three (33) parents have been charged in the scheme. Many others are expected to plead guilty this week. Prosecutors said Huffman paid $15,000 for a 36-year old Harvard graduate to correct her daughter’s answers on the SAT Test. That service led to Huffman’s daughter gaining a 400-point boost over her previous SAT score. Huffman also discussed having the same thing done for her younger daughter. Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, has not been charged with a crime by federal prosecutors. Court records suggest that Macy knew what was going on, but prosecutors have not charged him in the plot as of yet. Huffman faces 4 to 10 months in prison when sentenced. Because Huffman has no criminal record, experts say it’s likely that she would receive a sentence substantially lower than the sentencing guidelines call for. My guess is that she’ll walk away with a little probation, maybe a little community service, and a fine. Guess it pays to be famous and wealthy.