Felicity Huffman Weeps as She Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scam

The 56-year-old Desperate Housewives star didn't speak as she walked into a federal courthouse in Boston on Monday with her brother Moore Huffman Jr.

Though Huffman was among the most high-profile figures indicted, the $15,000 figure paid by Huffman and her husband - actor William H Macy - was among the smallest sums allegedly paid by any of the other parents charged in the scandal, according to court documents.

Last month, Felicity agreed to plead guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud connection with the case. The conspiracy charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, but prosecutors have said they would recommend a sentence at the "low end" of the sentencing range - between four and 10 months - for the actress. Seventeen other parents, including Loughlin, have chose to fight the charges and formally submitted not guilty pleas.

The judge will wait to sentence Huffman until she gets a PSR (pre-sentence report). Wealthy parents paid $25 million to bribe coaches to help their children gain spots at universities like Yale, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

In her statement, the actress admitted to pain and shame, as well as the fact she dragged her daughter, who supposedly didn't know about her actions, down with her. Beyond Huffman Macy's own potential jail time and the fall-out from all that, today's guilty plea must also certainly leave Lori Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, wondering: if those who bow to the feds and take the plea are still facing months of time in federal prison, what might be in store for us?! She confirmed that she paid $15,000 to consultant William "Rick" Singer to have a proctor correct her daughter's SAT scores in December 2017.

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"Everything else Mr. Rosen said I did, I did", she said. Huffman was also nominated for an Oscar for playing a transgender woman in the movie "Transamerica".

Singer pleaded guilty in March to racketeering, money laundering; conspiracy to defraud the U.S., and obstruction of justice.

She is among 14 prominent parents who have agreed to plead guilty since dozens of people were arrested in March in the case named Operation Varsity Blues.

Experts differ on whether Huffman's swift acceptance of responsibility will leave her with an acting career.

Actress Lori Loughlin (C), poses with her daughters Bella (L) and Olivia Jade at the Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles on August 13, 2017.

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