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Revisiting Felicity Huffman's Life Amid the College Admissions Scandal

Revisiting Felicity Huffman's Life Amid the College Admissions Scandal

The 56-year-old actress didn't speak as she walked into the courthouse Monday with her brother Moore Huffman Jr.

Mr Singer's foundation arranged for Huffman's eldest daughter to retake her college admissions test with an exam invigilator that it was paying to alter pupils' answers or scores, according to court papers.

Formerly a star on Desperate Housewives, Felicity is expected to plead guilty to honest services mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud for giving money to Rick Singer, the perpetrator behind the entire scheme.

Prosecutors have recommended a four-month prison term and a $20,000 fine.

Thirteen other parents have also agreed to plead guilty.

The star had previously released a statement taking responsibility for her actions and admitting guilt while showing at least some level of remorse, so it's possible a judge may acknowledge that as appropriately remorseful and lighten her sentence, especially after her guilty plea today. Singer confessed to unlawfully helping children from numerous extremely affluent families cheat on standardized tests, also bribed a number of NCAA coaches to falsely designate the children as recruited athletes, thereby greatly lowering the minimum academic standard required for admission at prestigious schools such as Georgetown and Yale.

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"I had no knowledge of Singer paying (others)", Huffman said on Monday before she broke down in tears. This was 400 points higher than her Preliminary SAT scores.

Authorities say Sloane gave $250,000 to an admissions consultant's sham charity and the USC women's athletic program and to have his son designated as a water polo recruit even though he didn't play the sport. If they make that argument and are successful, Huffman could face a sentence between six months in prison and no time at all, according to federal sentencing guidelines.

Actress Lori Loughlin is accused of hiring Singer as well, though the charges against her are more serious.

In April, Huffman issued a statement apologizing for her actions.

"I had no knowledge of Mr. Singer paying Mr. Riddell", she said, "but everything else that Mr. Rosen said I did, I did". Huffman was also nominated for an Oscar for playing a transgender woman in the movie "Transamerica".

As Huffman made a decision to plead guilty, the United States Attorney calculated her "offense level" at 9, which had a sentencing guideline of 4-10 months, per the Department of Justice.