Actress Felicity Huffman announced she’s going to plead “guilty” to the charges brought against her.
Felicity Huffman, the most known actress involved in the “Varsity Blues” scandal said that she “betrayed” her daughter and that she is ashamed with the pain she caused.
She is accused of paying $15,000 as a bribe in order for her daughter to pass an exam in 2017.
Felicity Huffman, 56 years old, is one of the 14 people who will plead guilty. Overall, 50 people are charged with fraud.
“I fully accept my blame and I regret this, I accept to take responsibility for my actions and I will accept the consequences I’m ashamed with the pain I caused my daughter, my family, my friends, colleagues. I want to ask them for forgiveness and especially to students who work hard every day to go to college and to parents who make sacrifices to support their children” Huffman said.
Felicity Huffman said that her daughter knew nothing about what she did. The operation has been dubbed by the FBI as “Varsity Blues” after the Varsity Blues movie in the 90’s about the pressure sports scholarships have on students.
The FBI has been investigating irregularities that happened between 2011 – 2018 and how parents tried to cheat the college admissions process.
FBI claims that dozens of parents paid bribes to modify exam results and they modified photos to appear that their children are doing sports.
Actress Lori Loughlin is also involved in the “Varsity Blues” scandal. She is accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that her two daughters be accepted at the University of Southern California.
The FBI brought charges against 33 parents, some of them being guilty of paying millions of dollars so that their children be admitted in elite universities such as Yale, Stanford, USC, UCLA and Georgetown.
The scheme is centered around William “Rick” Singer, a consultant from Newport Beach, California. He allegedly built a network of consultants to help clients be admitted to top colleges.
Felicity Huffman risks spending up to 20 years in jail. Based on the plea agreement she takes, Huffman might be getting a $20,000 fine, a lower prison sentence and 12 months supervision after she gets release. This means that prosecutors are looking to incarcerate actress Felicity Huffman however the federal judge will make the final decision.