Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Article Image Update Actor Felicity Huffman Enters Guilty Plea in College Bribery Case

Article Image Update Actor Felicity Huffman Enters Guilty Plea in College Bribery Case

The actress showed up two hours early for her hearing, walking hand in hand with her brother, Moore Huffman Jr., who was at her side during her arraignment last month. Huffman's husband, actor William H. Macy, is also said to have agreed to the arrangement, though he was not charged in the case. Singer then facilitated cheating on Huffman's daughter's SAT test by having a proctor correct the teen's answers after the fact.

Federal prosecutors recommended a four-month prison sentence, a $20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release.

Huffman, 56, paid $15,000 to admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer and his nonprofit organization, Key Worldwide Foundation ("KWF"), which prosecutors said was actually a front for accepting bribes.

Huffman has apologized and claimed her daughter was unaware of her actions.

Huffman and Singer exchanged emails on how to provide her daughter with extra time to take the SAT exam, prosecutors said, and arranged for the girl to take the test in a location controlled by an administrator whom Singer had bribed.

She was secretly recorded discussing the scheme as she made plans to falsify a college entrance exam score for her oldest daughter, Sophia Macy.

The former "Desperate Housewives" actress and Sloane were among 50 parents charged in March with paying thousands to Singer to get their children admitted to elite American universities, either through doctored exam results or falsified sports profiles.

Huffman's statement concluded, "My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her".

There's a big difference between Huffman's tears and whatever is going on with Loughlin, though: as we've reported before, it's been a long time coming for Huffman to fully own up to what she did in a court of law, after she acknowledged what she did in a public statement back in April. Officials say he bought athletic gear online and worked with a designer to create a bogus photo of his son playing the sport for the application. They ultimately agreed to $15,000. But Huffman's attorneys said in her plea agreement that they would reserve the right to argue that her sentence should be calculated at a slightly lower range than what prosecutors have proposed. A limited series featuring Huffman on the Central Park Five case is expected to debut this month.

Seventeen other parents, including actress Lori Loughlin, submitted not guilty pleas.

Loughlin and Giannulli were among the parents who did not plead guilty initially, and now face an indictment for money laundering in addition to the original fraud charge.