Felicity Huffman To Plead GUILTY In College Admissions Scandal: Star Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison
Felicity Huffman is planning to plead guilty in the college admissions scandal that brought shame to her family, RadarOnline.com has confirmed.
According to United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, the disgraced Desperate Housewives actress will enter a “plea agreement” after being charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
She faces up to 20 years in prison for the crime, and $250,000 in fines.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, the 56-year-old mom of two allegedly agreed to pay at least $15,000 to cheat in her daughter’s college entrance exam.
Huffman, the wife of Shameless star William H. Macy, said in a statement that she’s in “full acceptance” of her guilt.
"I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” she said.
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"I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”
“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty."
According to the court, 14 other defendants in the scandal also plan to plead guilty, but Full House actress Lori Loughlin was not listed among them.
Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were accused of paying $500,000 in a scheme to pretend their two daughters were elite rowing athletes, when neither teen had trained in the sport.
The defendants face 20 years in prison for the crimes, a judge claimed in a recent Massachusetts court hearing.