Felicity Huffman, 56, has been acquitted to 14 days in prison after admitting to bribing college admissions $15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT scores.
According to Harper's Bazaar UK, she was also given a $30,000 fine (Dhs110,175), 250 hours of community service plus a year of supervised release.
The Desperate Housewives star willingly admitted to her actions and is apologetic to both the public and her family. Her on-the-record statement shows that she accepted her plea “without reservation” and that she “would like to apologize to her daughter husband, family and the educational community for her actions”. She highlights in her apology that she is especially remorseful towards the “students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices supporting their children.”
Felicity Huffman, sentenced to 14 days in jail for paying to rig her daughter’s SAT score, issues statement apologizing for her role in Operation Varsity Blues #collegeadmissionsscandal. She is first parent sentenced. pic.twitter.com/021gk5czMI— Scott Cohn (@ScottCohnTV) 13 September 2019
While Huffman is the first parent sentenced for the ‘College Admissions Scandal’ and her role in ‘Operation Varsity Blues’; she is the first one of many. Fifty-one people have been charged in the case, and it has been sparking controversy and nation-wide debates all over the U.S. Many have been criticising this case closely, principally due to the fact that it cast a harsh spotlight on the college admissions system and its relationship with the powerful and wealthy. It has been reported by Harper’s Bazaar UK that this fraud scheme launched in 2011, and allegedly relied on bribes to sports coaches and insiders at testing centres, false disability claims and doctored photos in order to cheat at exams and secure places at institutions including Yale, Stanford and Georgetown.
Huffman was not the only hollywood star to play a part in this college-scam, Lori Loughlin, star of US sitcom Full House and her fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli face similar charges. Loughlin and Gianulli agreed to pay bribes totalling $500,000 (Dhs1.8 million) in order to get their two daughters into USC (University of Southern California) under fake-athlete pretenses.