Felicity Huffman and other parents plead guilty to cheating college exams
Yesterday, in Boston, prosecutors announced that “Desperate Housewives” actress Felicity Huffman and at least 13 others agreed to plead guilty to one charge each of fraud in relation to the college admission cheating scandal.
Prosecutors want Huffman to be imprisoned for several months.
They said Huffman paid at least $15,000 to a college consultant, William Singer, who paid a test proctor to change Huffman’s daughter’s test answers after she finished. This was so her scores would be higher and give her a better chance of being accepted into an elite college.
Other parents also paid Singer, some much more money, to have him alter their children’s scores.
Huffman said she deeply regrets her actions. She emphasized that her daughter knew nothing and that she has betrayed her.
She also apologized to the students who work hard every day to get into college and to their parents who make sacrifices to support their children in an honest way.
Another famous actress, Lori Loughlin from “Full House,” was also charged with fraud. Today she and her husband got additional charges of money laundering.
They are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so their daughters would get into the University of Southern California on their crew team, even though neither play crew.
A former tennis coach for the University of Texas, Michael Center, pleaded guilty to fraud for accepting $60,000 in bribes to designate an applicant as a tennis recruit.
USC, Georgetown University and other schools are reviewing the applications of the students that were involved. Yale and Stanford have expelled their students who were involved.