- The Washington Times - Friday, October 25, 2019

Felicity Huffman was released from prison Friday after the actress spent 11 days behind bars for her part in a massive college admissions scandal probed by federal prosecutors.

Ms. Huffman, 56, was released from a low-security prison near San Francisco after serving most of a 14-day prison sentence for fraud charges, multiple outlets reported.

A former star of the “Desperate Housewives” series, Ms. Huffman was among dozens of individuals charged in connection with a scandal in which parents allegedly used bribery and fraud to have their children admitted to several American universities.

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She pleaded guilty in May and was sentenced last month to spend two weeks in federal prison. She had been scheduled to be released this Sunday.

Huffman admittedly paid around $15,000 to have her daughter’s college admissions test corrected. Others implicated in the scandal allegedly paid more than ten times that amount in hopes of having their children accepted into universities.

Sally Swarts, a spokeswoman for the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, said the actress was let out early because of a policy in place for inmates otherwise scheduled to be released on weekends, The New York Post reported.

Lori Loughlin, another actress charged in the admissions scandal, has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial.

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