Felicity Huffman: The Emmy winner was one of 13 people who accepted her guilt in the fraud charges. “I’m ashamed of what I did,” he said
Actress Felicity Huffman along with other wealthy parents pleaded guilty to paying bribes to get their children into elite universities in the country.
Huffman, Emmy winner for her role in the series Desperate Housewives, is accused of disguising a charitable payment of USD 15,000 for her daughter to pass the university admission test. The authorities believe that the Hollywood star intended to follow the same plan with her youngest daughter, but in the end, she decided not to do so.
“I am in full acceptance of my guilt and with deep regret and shame for what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and I will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” Huffman said in a statement on Monday. ” 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, above all, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to enter the university. “
“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my wrong way I betrayed her,” Huffman said, less than a week after his first appearance in Boston federal court. “This transgression towards her and the public will take him for the rest of my life, my desire to help my daughter is not an excuse to violate the law or be dishonest.”
Her husband, actor William H. Macy , was not charged by federal prosecutors.
The bribery operation was handled by William “Rick” Singer.
The scheme allowed students to be admitted to some of the best schools in the country as recruited athletes, regardless of their athletic ability, and to help young people cheat on their entrance exams.
Parents are accused of paying to help their children cheat on entrance exams or to falsify their sports records to ensure their entry to prestigious institutions such as UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale, and Georgetown.
” These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege,” said Massachusetts District Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, who also called the case “the largest university admission scandal ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.“.
Lelling explained that both coaches and private admissions counselors would have received millions of dollars in exchange for helping students to be admitted as athletes, regardless of their academic or athletic ability.
In total, the defendants paid a total of 25 million dollars.
Actress Lori Loughlin was also charged with conspiracy to commit fraud.
In the case of Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, they agreed to pay bribes of USD 500,000 in exchange for their two daughters being accepted into the rowing team of the University of Southern California (USC), English), despite the fact that they did not practice that sport. Both are free after the payment of a deposit.
At least nine sports coaches and dozens of parents are among the defendants.