Felicity Huffman has become the first celebrity to plead guilty in the college admissions cheating scandal.
The “Desperate Housewives” actress admitted paying $15,000 to rig her oldest daughter’s SAT scores back in 2017, guaranteeing her admission into college. A tearful Huffman appeared in federal court in Boston on Monday afternoon to officially submit her plea, which could result in a months-long prison sentence.
Under the terms of her plea deal, prosecutors agreed to recommend four months of incarceration, a $20,000 fine and one year of supervised release, though the final decision will be made by a judge on Sept. 13.
Huffman is one of 50 people charged by the U.S. Department of Justice in March as part of “Operation Varsity Blues,” an investigation that uncovered the biggest conspiracy for colleges, ever prosecuted in the country. Authorities said the scheme went on for nearly a decade and was led by convicted mastermind William “Rick” Singer.