- The Washington Times - Friday, September 13, 2019

Actress Felicity Huffman on Thursday will become the first parent to be sentenced in the college admission scandal.

The former “Desperate Housewives” star will appear in front of a Boston federal judge to be sentenced after pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy and fraud in May for paying $15,000 for her daughter’s SAT score to be boosted by William “Rick” Singer, the scheme’s mastermind.

Huffman’s lawyers have argued she was merely a “customer” in the scheme and are attempting to shield her from jail time, recommending a year of probation, a $20,000 fine and 250 hours of community service.

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Prosecutors have recommended a month in prison with a $20,000 fine, saying she knew the scheme was wrong but moved forward due to her “sense of entitlement, or at least moral cluelessness.”

Huffman said in a letter to the court that she has “a deep and abiding shame” surrounding her decision and only wanted to help her daughter, whose sub-optimal math scores jeopardized her chance of going to an acting college. Her daughter reportedly didn’t know about the scheme.

Huffman will be the first of 34 parents charged in the scandal to be sentenced. Some of them paid upwards of $500,000 to help propel their children into elite schools.

One of those cases is “Fuller House” star Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, who are accused of shelling out half a million dollars for their two daughters to be admitted to University of Southern California as members of the crew team, although neither participated in the sport they were recruited for.

Ms. Loughlin and Mr. Giannulli have declined their right to separate attorneys and are scheduled to appear in court Oct. 2.

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