Felicity Huffman Sentenced to 14 Days in Prison in College Scam
Sept. 17, 2019
Judgment day has come for a former Desperate Housewives star, and my was it extremely lenient. Felicity Huffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for her part in one of the biggest college admission scams to date.
CNN reports Felicity Huffman is the first parent to be sentenced for participating in a college scam heard around the world.
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Back in April, Felicity plead guilty to the charges against her -- including " conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud" -- in an attempt to score a plea deal. The actress paid Rick Singer $15,000 to "rig" one of her daughter's SAT scores to ensure she could get into a college of her choice. CNN notes Felicity worked with Singer's college prep company the legal way at first, but when there were no signs of improvement, she later decided to pay to make sure her daughter's scores got better.
Felicity's 14-day prison sentence is quite light, considering prosecutors wanted the actress to serve at least a month behind bars.
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... and pay a $20,000 fine.
Huffman's lawyers, however, fought for no jail time, the $20,000 fine, one year of probation, and 250 hours of community service.
In a live update, CNN reports Felicity will have to cough up $30,000, do 250 hours of community service "and one year supervised release," in addition to the 14 days in prison she was just sentenced.
"Trying to be a good mother doesn't excuse this," Judge Indira Talwani told the actress in court today.
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"You can rebuild your life after this. You've paid your dues," she added, CNN reports.
The outlet also notes how emotional Felicity was in court, reiterating the shame she's brought on her family. "I am deeply ashamed of what I have done," the mom of two cried during her sentencing. "At the end of the day I had a choice to make. I could have said 'no.' I take full responsibility."
With Felicity's sentencing now complete, the world awaits the fate of Lori Loughlin.
Unlike Felicity, Lori Loughlin has plead not guilty to the charges against her -- including "conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, honest services mail and wire fraud, and a new count of conspiracy to commit money laundering" -- maintaining her and husband Mossimo Giani's innocence. She and her husband each face up to 40 years in prison, turning down a plea deal as it included at least two years in jail. As fate would have it, the once Hallmark star was indicted on new charges, adding the potential for additional jail time (up from to 20 to now a max of 40 years in prison should they throw the book and the sink at them).
Lori Loughlin and her husband reportedly paid upwards of $500,000 in bribes to make their daughters look like USC recruits for the crew team, going as far to doctor photos. To make matters worse, the couple funneled money through Rick Singer's alleged charity, "transferring money into the United States, from outside the United States [--] for the purpose of promoting the fraud scheme."
Felicity Huffman must report to prison by October 25.
"I broke the law. I have admitted that and I pleaded guilty to this crime. There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period," the actress admits in a statement after her sentencing, CNN reports.
"I would like to apologize again to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions. And I especially want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children."
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