Felicity Huffman, 12 others to plead guilty in college admissions scandal

Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal: 'I Am Ashamed of the Pain I Have Caused'

Actress Felicity Huffman and 13 other people have agreed to plead guilty to participating in what prosecutors call the largest college admissions scam uncovered in USA history, federal prosecutors said on Monday.

"I want to apologise to them and, especially, I want to apologise 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", she said in her Monday statement. This transgression towards her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life.

Authorities say the scheme was overseen by California college admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer, who has pleaded guilty to facilitating the cheating scam and bribing coaches to present the parents' children as fake athletic recruits.

A USA judge has set a bond of $250,000 for the release of Hollywood actress Felicity Huffman, who was among 50 people charged by US federal prosecutors Tuesday in a multi-million dollar scheme to help wealthy Americans cheat their children's way into elite universities such as Yale and Stanford.

She was accused of paying 15,000 dollars (£11,000) to have a proctor boost her older daughter's test score.

Huffman, who starred in "Desperate Housewives", was among 33 parents charged in March with participating in the scheme in hopes of getting their children into universities including Yale, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

The FBI also revealed that Huffman had considered participating in the same scheme for her younger daughter, although eventually she decided against it.

She will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest-services mail fraud, according to court documents.

Huffman was among 50 people in what authorities have described as the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department. Out on $1 million bail and having surrendered her passport at court hearings, Loughlin has not entered a plea, yet.

Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy, was not charged in the case.

Actress Felicity Huffman arrives holding hands with an unidentified man, left, at federal court in Boston on April 4, 2019. Singer agreed to cooperate with investigators and has pleaded guilty, admitting to bribing coaches and testing officials to gain an advantage for his wealthy clients. The university quietly announced it had rescinded the student's admission in a short statement posted on its website April 2 after determining "some of the material in the student's application is false".

The statement added: "The student is no longer on campus".

The university said the expelled student is the only one under investigation who was admitted to the Palo Alto school.

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