Felicity Huffman will go to prison for her role in the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted. For two whole weeks.
The actress also will have to serve one year of probation, perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $30,000 fine. Huffman is the first of more than 30 parents charged in the scheme to be sentenced. She was accused of paying $15,000 to boost her daughter’s SAT scores had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
Huffman echoed that sentiment in a statement released to the media, saying,
“There are no excuses or justifications for my actions. Period. 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.”
Judge Indira Talwani said, adding,
“it was not an impulsive act. Trying to be a good mother doesn’t excuse this… right sentence here. You can rebuild your life after this. You’ve paid your dues.”
Huffman said in a three page letter,
“In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot. I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair. I have broken the law, deceived the educational community, betrayed my daughter and failed my family.”
Huffman will report to prison in six weeks, on October 25.
More than 50 people — parents, coaches, test administrator and conspirators — were charged in the scandal, in which prosecutors said mastermind William “Rick” Singer either facilitated cheating on standardized tests or bribed college coaches to give students an advantage in the admissions process. Of those charged, more than 30 are parents, accused of conspiring with Singer.
(Photo, screen grab; via CNN)