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Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

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Adrian Cunningham | 14 May, 2019, 23:12

Actress Felicity Huffman tearfully pleaded guilty on Monday to paying to rig a college-entrance exam for her daughter, part of a wide-ranging scandal in which wealthy parents used fraud to secure their children spots at prominent USA universities.

Actress Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from her involvement in the college admissions scandal. In a statement she read to the court, Huffman claimed her daughter did not know that her mother had paid to have the answers on her SAT exam corrected after taking the test.

After the exam, Riddell corrected her answers, giving her a score of 1420-an improvement of 400 points from her PSAT, which the affidavit said she took a year earlier, without Riddell. She is among 14 parents who agreed to plead guilty to charges in the case. In pleading guilty, Huffman gave up the right to challenge her conviction and her sentence, whatever it may be.

Prosecutors have said they will seek a prison sentence on the low end of a range between four and 10 months. Sentencing is expected to be handed down on September 13. In a statement last month, Felicity said she was in "full acceptance" of her guilt.

"I had no knowledge of Mr. Singer paying (others)", Huffman said Monday before crying.

Rosen noted that she discussed the scheme with Singer, including troubles getting her daughter's testing location and proctor changed after she was granted extra time on the exam.

Huffman and Macy agreed to it, according to a FBI affidavit filed in federal court. Prosecutors have said the investigation is continuing.

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William (Rick) Singer, a California college admissions consultant, pleaded guilty in March to charges that he facilitated the cheating and helped bribe university sports coaches to present clients' children as fake athletic recruits.

Devin Sloane also pleaded guilty today. The couple also considered using Singer's services for their younger daughter, but ultimately opted not to, according to a criminal complaint.

Two months later, Huffman and Macy paid $15,000 to Singer's foundation.

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

She has apologised, expressing "deep regret and shame", and said her 18-year-old daughter was unaware of her actions.

Sloane, the water systems executive, paid Singer and an alleged accomplice $250,000 to ensure that Sloane's son, who attended the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, was admitted to USC as a recruited water polo player.