A tearful Felicity Huffman officially pleaded guilty in connection to the U.S. college admissions cheating scandal on Monday (May 13), as prosecutors recommended the Desperate Housewives star receive four months in jail for her involvement in the case. Because Huffman agreed to plead guilty, prosecutors have promised to recommend a sentence at the low end of that range, but the judge could also choose not to send her to prison.
Huffman is one of 13 parents who say they will plead guilty to the scandal which has rocked the US.
Eric Rosen, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of MA said that prosecutors are also looking for one-year of supervised release and around $20,000 in fines. The former Desperate Housewives actress was back in a Boston courtroom Monday to officially plead guilty.
Actress Felicity Huffman arrives with her brother Moore Huffman Jr., at federal court in Boston, where she is scheduled to plead guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal, on May 13, 2019. "This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life".More news: Iowa Officials Confirm Cases of Dog Disease That Can Infect Humans
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.
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.
In a statement released in April, Huffman said she had "deep regret and shame" over her actions, and she plans to accept responsibility for her crime.
"I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney's office", Huffman said in a statement released last month.More news: Kiki Bertens stuns Simona Halep to lift Madrid Open title
Huffman did not dispute the facts stated by the government, but she clarified that her daughter had received extra time on tests since first seeing a neuropsychologist at age 8.
The charity was associated with Rick Singer, who has confessed to helping wealthy parents cheat on standardized tests for their children. Then, the mom of two said she was "ashamed" of her actions and had "betrayed her daughter".
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.
Thirteen other parents have also said they will plead guilty, while others, like Lori Loughlin, are still fighting the charges.More news: Suns Guard Josh Jackson Arrested
Sloane, who founded a drinking and wastewater systems company, bought water polo gear online and worked with a graphic designer to create a bogus photo of his son playing the sport for the teen's application, officials say.