Felicity Huffman, the Desperate Housewives star embroiled in the massive college admissions scandal, has formally pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud for her involvement in the plot.
At a federal court in Boston, Huffman admitted to slipping USD$15,000 (AUD$21,600) to William “Rick” Singer, who helped fabricate a college entrance exam score for Huffman’s daughter.
Huffman entered a plea deal with prosecutors, which means she’s liable to face a four-month prison term and a USD$20,000 (AUD$28,800) fine when she’s sentenced on September 13.
That’s a far cry from the maximum prison sentence possible for perpetrators of conspiring to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, which stands at 20 years behind bars.
Huffman’s daughter, Sophia Macy, was not charged. Nor was Huffman’s husband and Sophia’s father, William H. Macy, despite the fact he had correspondence with Singer.
While Huffman took the plea deal relatively early on – and admitted her guilt in an emotional statement released last month – other parents who proclaimed their innocence may face harsher penalties.
We are, of course, talking about Lori Loughlin and her husband Massimo Giannulli, who could be pinged with that 20-year sentence on top of a combined fine of USD$750,000 (AUD$1,080,000) if found guilty.