Felicity Huffman is set to plead guilty to paying someone to correct answers on her daughter’s SAT exam as part of the nationwide college admissions cheating scam.
The onetime “Desperate Housewives” star agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying a proctor $15,000 to rig her daughter Sophia Grace Macy’s exam.
Huffman’s expected plea comes two months after she was arrested in the case dubbed “Operation Varsity Blues,” in which wealthy parents were accused of paying bribes to help their children weasel their way into elite universities across the US.
The 56-year-old is among 14 parents who have agreed to plead guilty in what authorities have called it the biggest college admissions cheating scandal ever prosecuted in the nation.
Prosecutors have said they will seek between four and 10 months in prison.
Because Huffman agreed to plead guilty, prosecutors have promised to recommend a sentence at the low end of that range, but the judge also could decide to spare her a stint behind bars.
According to the terms of her plea deal, Huffman also will receive a year of probation, has agreed to forfeit the $15,000 and also must pay a $20,000 fine.
Huffman has apologized and said her daughter was unaware of her actions.
By Damilola Faustino