Sunday 25 August 2019

Huffman to plead guilty to college entry scam

Brush with the law: Actress Felicity Huffman at a Los Angeles courthouse after she was charged. Photo: Getty Images
Brush with the law: Actress Felicity Huffman at a Los Angeles courthouse after she was charged. Photo: Getty Images

Alanna Durkin Richer

Actress Felicity Huffman has agreed to plead guilty in the sweeping college admissions cheating scam that has ensnared wealthy parents and athletic coaches at some of the most selective universities in the US, authorities said.

The 'Desperate Housewives' star and 12 other prominent parents will admit to charges in the scheme, which authorities say involved rigging standardised test scores and bribing coaches at such prestigious schools as Yale and Georgetown. Huffman was accused of paying a consultant $15,000 (€13,300) disguised as a charitable donation to boost her daughter's test score.

Authorities say the 56-year-old also discussed going through with the same plan for her younger daughter, but she ultimately decided not to.

Huffman apologised for taking part in the scheme, saying in a statement that she accepts full responsibility for her actions. In her first public comments since her arrest last month, she added that her daughter did not know about her actions, and her desire to help her child was "no excuse to break the law".

Irish Independent

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