Felicity Huffman to Plead Guilty in College-Admissions Scandal

April 9, 2019

On Monday, prosecutors announced that actress Felicity Huffman will plead guilty for her role in the "Operation Varsity Blues" college-admissions scandal. It's not clear how much, if any, prison time Huffman will get for admitting to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, although the charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years. As The New York Times notes, Huffman's payment of $15,000 to a test fixer to inflate her older daughter's SAT scores was among the smallest made by the 33 parents who've been charged. By contrast, actress Lori Loughlin and her husband allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California's through its women's crew team, even though neither daughter was a rower. Loughlin has yet to enter a plea, while 12 parents joined Huffman in agreeing to plead guilty on Monday.