Actress Felicity Huffman could serve a month in jail and pay a $20,000 fine for her participation in the college admissions scandal, federal prosecutors reportedly suggested during a court filing on Friday (September 6).
Huffman, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to committing mail fraud and honest services fraud after making a $15,000 payment to have an SAT proctor correct one of her daughter’s answers on the standardized college admissions test.
In the filing, prosecutors described Huffman’s conduct as “deliberate and manifestly criminal.” They also suggested that after spending a month in jail, she should have a year of supervised release.
"In the context of this case, neither probation nor home confinement (in a large home in the Hollywood Hills with an infinity pool) would constitute meaningful punishment or deter others from committing similar crimes," prosecutors wrote, adding that Huffman’s "efforts weren't driven by need or desperation, but by a sense of entitlement, or at least moral cluelessness, facilitated by wealth and insularity.”
They added, referencing an email Huffman wrote about the change in SAT score in 2017, "Millions of parents send their kids to college every year. But they don't buy fake SAT scores and joke about it (‘Ruh Ro!’) along the way.”
Huffman's attorneys responded to the prosecution's filing, requesting the judge sentence her to one year of probation and 250 hours of community service along with the $20,000 fine called for in her guilty plea.
"Ms. Huffman is deeply remorseful for her crime. She recognizes that she deserves to be punished for what she did," her attorneys wrote in the response, which describes her actions as "desperation to be a good mother.”
Felicity Huffman’s guilty plea and forthcoming sentence is the result of a 10-month investigation by the FBI into the college cheating scandal. Full House actress Lori Loughlin is another high-profile celebrity who was indicted in the case but has plead not guilty.
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