Actress Felicity Huffman to plead guilty in college admissions scandal

Actress to plead guilty in college admissions scandal

Actress to plead guilty in college admissions scandal

She added, "I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community". One coach has also agreed to plead guilty, per CNN. The two have been married since 1997, and also share a 16-year-old daughter, Georgia.

Twelve other parents have agreed to plead guilty, including California marketing executive Jane Buckingham; Gregory Abbott, the founder of a NY food and beverage packaging company; and Agustin Huneeus, who was the owner of a California wine company.

Huffman was among 50 people in what authorities have described as the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department.

A confidential informant told investigators that after Felicity made this "donation", he could arrange for a third party to correct her eldest daughter Sofia Grace's answers on the Saturday.

Huffman discussed the scheme in a phone call with Singer that was recorded by investigators.

Macy was not charged; authorities have not said why.

Huffman, the "Desperate Housewives" star, pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to a fake charity associated with Rick Singer to facilitate cheating for her daughter on the SATs, the complaint says. "My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty", she concluded.

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Court documents made public on Monday show Huffman and 12 other prominent parents will plead guilty in the scheme. A clearly upset Macy was in the public gallery for Huffman's March 12 arraignment, but did not appear in Boston for the preliminary hearing on April 4.

California real estate developer Bruce Isackson and his wife, Davina Isackson, are pleading guilty to those same charges; plus Bruce Isackson will plead guilty to money laundering conspiracy and conspiracy to defraud the IRS for allegedly taking a tax deduction for the bribe.

This news comes after developments that Stanford University had expelled one student caught up in the alleged nationwide college admission scandal dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues" by federal prosecutors after the school launched its own probe and found she used phony sailing credentials to bolster her entrance application, officials said.

Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, also face charges for allegedly paying a US$500,000 bribe to get their two daughters into the University of Southern California.

The university wrote that it had rescinded the student's admission in a short statement posted on its website on 2 April after determining "some of the material in the student's application is false". Stanford's former sailing coach John Vandemoer also pleaded guilty to accepting $270,000 USA in contributions to the program for agreeing to recommend two prospective students for admission.

Investigators say they helped them get in on rowing scholarships, even though neither student had actually participated in the sport.

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