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Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty to charges related to college admissions scam

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Actress Felicity Huffman left Federal Court in Boston in April

Authorities have called it the biggest college admissions cheating scandal ever prosecuted in the U.S., ensnaring Hollywood stars and business executives as well as coaches at such prestigious schools as Georgetown and Yale. Singer then facilitated cheating on Huffman's daughter's SAT test by having a proctor correct the teen's answers after the fact. Because Huffman agreed to plead guilty, prosecutors have promised to recommend a sentence at the low end of that range, but the judge could also choose not to send her to prison. Reports noted that Huffman will not be sentenced for a few weeks, but she is expected to receive months in prisons for her involvement in the scandal.

Felicity Huffman will formally enter a guilty plea for her role in the college admissions scam on Monday. Her husband, "Shameless" actor William H. Macy, was not charged. "This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life". Authorities have called it the biggest college admissions cheating scandal ever prosecuted in the US, ensnaring Hollywood stars and business executives as well as coaches at such prestigious schools as Georgetown and Yale.

Actress Lori Loughlin is accused of hiring Singer as well, though the charges against her are more serious. She was among 13 parents who have said they would plead guilty in the scam.

After the exam, Riddell corrected her answers, giving her a score of 1420-an improvement of 400 points from her PSAT, which the affidavit said she took a year earlier, without Riddell. Because Huffman agreed to plead guilty, prosecutors have promised to recommend a sentence at the low end of that range, but the judge will make the decision on September 14. which could include not sending the star to jail at all.

In a statement released in April, Huffman said she had "deep regret and shame" over her actions, and she plans to accept responsibility for her crime.

The 56-year-old star is supposed to appear before United States District Court Judge Indira Talwani, who will decide on whether she should accept the plea agreement that Huffman bargained back in April of this year.

Rosen noted that she discussed the scheme with Singer, including troubles getting her daughter's testing location and proctor changed after she was granted extra time on the exam.

"My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her".

Also pleading guilty today was Los Angeles businessman Devin Sloane, who allegedly paid $250,000 to get his son into USC as a fake water polo recruit. According to an indictment, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid Singer $500,000 to establish false athletic profiles for their two daughters. Prosecutors have said they will seek between four and 10 months of jail time for the actress.

Some parents have chose to fight the charges.

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