'Desperate' Huffman enters guilty plea

World | ASSOCIATED PRESS 15 May 2019

Actress Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty in the US college admissions bribery scheme, the biggest name to do so in a scandal that has underscored the lengths to which some wealthy parents will go to get their children into top universities.

The Emmy-winning star of Desperate Housewives, 56, could face prison time after she admitted to participating in the scam, in which authorities say parents bribed coaches, rigged entrance exams or both to game the admissions system.

Huffman pleaded guilty in a Boston court to paying an admissions consultant US$15,000 (HK$117,000) to have a proctor correct the answers of older daughter Sophia Grace Macy on the SAT. She also considered doing the same for younger child Georgia Grace Macy before ultimately deciding not to, authorities say.

The consultant, Rick Singer, arranged for the cheating by having students obtain permission for extra time on the exams through diagnoses for things like learning disabilities, and then taking the exams at his testing center, prosecutors say.

In court, Huffman explained her daughter had been seeing a neuropsychologist for years and been getting extra time on tests since she was 11.

Huffman apologized last month.

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