Like thirteen other families out of a total of thirty accused, the actress of the series “Desperate Housewives” Felicity Huffman announced that she wanted to plead guilty and “fully assume her guilt as well as the consequence of her acts” in the case. bribes paid in exchange for facilitated enrollment in prestigious American universities. The one who allegedly paid $ 15,000 in 2017 to a specialized foundation so that her daughter could benefit from distorted results, believes she has “betrayed” and “caused harm to her daughter, her family and the world of education”, adding also wanting to s ‘apologize to “deserving students whose families honestly sacrifice themselves for the success of their children”. She specifies that her daughter was not aware of these practices and that her “betrayal” was only greater.
Felicity Huffman pleads guilty to falsified admissions case
Highlighted after an investigation by the FBI, this corruption case would have taken place over a period of several years, between 2011 and 2018. At the head of this network, a foundation managed by Rick Singer, officially specialized in preparation of university entrance exams, but which turned out to be a real corruption machine. Raising a total of $ 25 million, this organization managed to falsify certain report cards and bribe sports coaches in order to establish fictitious sports histories for certain candidates..
Felicity Huffman faced up to 20 years in prison but eventually received probation
This federal investigation, called “Operation Varsity Blues”, targets several families of well-known personalities, such as actress Felicity Huffman, known for her role as Lynette Scavo in the “Desperate Housewives” series. Lori Loughlin, known for having played in the soap opera “The house party” is also part of the accused, accused for her part of having paid 500,000 dollars in order to have her daughter admitted to USC, University of Southern California. Unlike her fellow actress, Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli have for their part decided to plead their innocence.
William Rick Singer, accused of being at the head of a system of this organized corruption
If Felicity Huffman faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $ 250,000 for the charges against her, the prosecutor in charge of the case has however requested a sentence of 12 months of supervised release as well as 20 000 dollars in fine, following the procedure to plead guilty of the actress.
Lori Loughlin, accused of paying $ 500,000 to register her daughter in USC, pleads not guilty