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Felicity Huffman to Plead Guilty in College-Admissions Scandal

Felicity Huffman in Oscar de la Renta with William H. Macy at The Heart Truth's Red Dress Collection 2010


On Monday, prosecutors announced that actress Felicity Huffman will plead guilty for her role in the "Operation Varsity Blues" college-admissions scandal... It's not clear how much, , if any, prison time Huffman will get for admitting to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, although the charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

As The New York Times notes, Huffman's payment of $15,000 to a test fixer to inflate her older daughter's SAT scores was among the smallest made by the 33 parents who've been charged.

By contrast, actress Lori Loughlin and her husband allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California's through its women's crew team, even though neither daughter was a rower. Loughlin has yet to enter a plea.   

In conjunction with her plea agreement Monday, Huffman released a statement which read: 

I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions. I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues, and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize 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.