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Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to charges of mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in the nationwide US college admissions cheating scheme.

The American actress, known for her role in Desperate Housewives, allegedly paid $15,000 (€13,300) to rig her daughter's SAT score in order to get her into a better college.

The star entered her plea in a Boston federal court two months after her arrest in the Operation Varsity Blues case, where wealthy parents have been caught paying bribes to aid their children's acceptance into elite colleges.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The 56-year-old is among 14 parents who have agreed to plead guilty to the accused charges in the widely-publicised case, involving Lori Loughlin among others.

Authorities are referring to it as the biggest college admissions cheating scandal ever prosecuted in the USA. Hollywood stars and business executives have been involved in the proceedings, as well as coaches at Georgetown and Yale.

Huffman apparently paid a consultant, Rick Singer,  $15,000 to have a proctor correct her daughter's SAT answers and also considered carrying out the same plan for her younger son.

The actress was tearful in court as she faced consequences of her actions.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Parents are accused of using the admissions consultant to pay off entrance exam administrators to allow a proctor to sit tests for students or correct their mistaken answers.

Huffman has apologised for her crime and claims her daughter was unaware. "I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions," she said.

Prosecutors have stated that they will seek between four and 10 months in prison for Huffman. As she agreed to plead guilty, the recommended sentence will be at the low end of the range, and she may not actually end up in prison.

It has been pointed out that parents on the lower economic scale and especially parents-of-colour in the US have faced far longer prison times for lesser crimes.

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Actress and mum Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty in the college admissions scandal. The Desperate Housewives star issued a statement to PEOPLE! expressing her deepest apoligies to everyone affected by her actions.

She said: “I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office. I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The mum who paid to get her daughter into a top college said her daughter knew nothing about what she had done. She apologised profousley for the shame she caused her family.

“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community,” she stressed.

“I want to apologise to them and, especially, I want to apologise to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly,” the actress added.

Felicity and 50 others have been charged in the cheating scandal. Her sentence has yet to be disclosed.

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Felicity Huffman and her husband William H Macy are two of Hollywood's elite that have been indited with partaking in a cheating scam involving getting their daughters into prestigious colleges.

They are parents to two daughters – 18-year-old Sofia and sixteen-year-old Georgia.

Felicity made a ''charitable contribution of $15,000…to participate in the college entrance cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter.”

Documents also showed that Felicity made arrangements to pursue the scheme for a second time to help her younger daughter to get a into a renowned university, but she decided not to.

Felicity has been charged with federal mail fraud and Judge Alexander F. MacKinnon set her bond at $250,000.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lori Loughlin, star of Full House and the 90210 reboot, is also involved in the cheating scam alongside her husband Mossimo Giannulli.

Mossimo's bond was set at $1 million, secured against the couple’s home. 

Felicity and Mossimo are set to appear in court on March 29 and both have surrendered their passports to the court. 

Felicity has turned off her Instagram comments while Lori has deleted her social media accounts. 

Now I have another life lesson I can teach my daughter and prove it…

“Ivy League graduates are not smarter than you, baby…just RICHER”

Mine EARNED her place in college and works hard to keep it. For that, she will ALWAYS be able to conquer life’s challenges.

— Gaye Williams-Booker (@gayeyavon) March 13, 2019

There are 46 people charged in the largest university admissions scheme in U.S. history – others include CEOs, investors, and other elite professionals.

While Felicity was arrested, William was not charged although the prosecutor in court stated that he is a witness in the case.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lori was not at her home and has not yet been arrested although she along with her husband, Felicity and William, faces a single count of mail fraud in connection with the scheme.

Lori and her husband are accused of paying $500,000 to get their two daughters into USC.

The scheme allegedly centered around William “Rick” Singer, a Newport Beach, Calif., admissions consultant, who pleads guilty in the case.

This situation is unprecedented and understandably people are angry as by buying kids places in elite universities, others who deserve it are losing out.

People took to social media and they were RAGING.

One said, ''Ashamed of you. How do you expect your kids to trust that what they've accomplished was due to their own efforts rather than you pulling strings to game them into an unbeatable advantage? I hope you do get charged, tried, convicted and sent to prison for this. #shameful.''

While another wrote, ''I have no clue how I’ll get my kids through college but hey I’m just a middle class vet. Wish I was rich so o could bribe people. You pricks make me sick. No need to worry I’m sure you’ll get probation or some shit.''

What the actual f*ck were they thinking?

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Desperate Housewives was certainly something we all binge-watched growing up. The glamour, the drama… the crazy.

But now, a little bit of that has come to Ireland, in the name of Felicity Huffman.

Yep, the actress touched down on our green shores this week to celebrate her daughter's birthday.

The star took to Twitter to share some pictures of her stay at Ashford Castle, Co Mayo.

She wrote: "This might be the most beautiful place I have ever been to.

My girl is 16 this week and we're off on an adventure."

She also said that she's going to be spending some time in Dublin, so watch out ladies!

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Yesterday, we reported that Charlie Carver came out as gay in really touching Instagram posts.

And now, Felicity Huffman, his TV mother wrote the sweetest thing for him on her Facebook page.

Ladies, this will truly warm your heart: 

"Dear Charlie, I love you. I admire you. I applaud you. You make me happy to be human. You make me proud to be an actor. Love, your TV Mom, Lynette. And your real life friend, Flicka."

We wish they were a family in the real world, but as a TV mother, she's an amazing support for Charlie. 

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Felicity Huffman is best known as the blonde Desperate Housewife from Wisteria Lane.

But last night, the 52-year-old actress looked almost unrecognisable as she showed off her chocolate brown locks at the Emmy Awards. 

Felicity first debuted her look at the Emmy Eve party in LA on Saturday night, where she wore a figure-hugging dress to show her toned physique. 

Her husband, William H Macy, was behind her all the way as she posed on the red carpet, her dark hair straightened and wearing delicate make-up. 

Her frock had a see-through mesh with gold pattern details, which she teamed with gold heels. 

At the official Emmy Award ceremony, Felicity opted for her hair in a messy updo, and wore a navy pleated halter gown. 

The star had been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie, for her appearance in American Crime

Her husband was also nominated for a gong for his role in Shameless US

We love her new look and think her and her hubby look so cute together!

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