Actress Felicity Huffman Pleads Guilty in College Admissions Scandal

Charles Krupa  AP FILE

Charles Krupa AP FILE

That's a far cry from the maximum prison sentence possible for perpetrators of conspiring to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, which stands at 20 years behind bars.

The test centre where her daughter's exam took place was controlled by Rick Singer, a California-based admissions consultant, who pleaded guilty in March to charges that he facilitated cheating. Huffman, who admitted to paying $15,000 to adjust her daughter's SAT score, agreed to plead guilty in April. Federal prosecutors are aiming for a sentence between four and ten months in federal prison on the guilty plea.

Huffman officially pled guilty on Monday, but she's been careful to take ownership of her blame and cooperate from the start.

During the hearing, prosecutors said they will recommend that Huffman which is one of dozens of parents ensnared in the nationwide admissions cheating scandal serve four months in prison, pay a $20,000 fine and spend a year on supervised release after her prison time.

But Huffman's attorneys said in her plea agreement that they would reserve the right to argue that her sentence should be calculated at a slightly lower range than what prosecutors have proposed.

Huffman has apologized and said her daughter was unaware of her actions.

"I had no knowledge of Mr. Singer paying Mr. Riddell", she said, "but everything else that Mr. Rosen said I did, I did".

She was secretly recorded discussing the scheme as she made plans to falsify a college entrance exam score for her oldest daughter, Sophia Macy. Huffman's husband William H. Macy was not charged with any crimes.

Thirteen other parents have also agreed to plead guilty.

ET recently spoke to Martha Stewart, who gave her candid thoughts on Huffman as well as actress Lori Loughlin after all the fallout they've received stemming from the college admissions scandal.

In a mea culpa a month earlier, Huffman said she would not contest the government's allegations and apologized to the public and her friends, family and daughter, who Huffman said knew nothing of the test-fixing scheme.

Loughlin and Giannulli were among the parents who did not plead guilty initially, and now face an indictment for money laundering in addition to the original fraud charge.

In October, Huffman and Macy told Singer they wanted to have their younger daughter's SAT rigged as well, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit.

A California businessman has pleaded guilty to paying $250,000 in bribes to get his son into the University of Southern California as a fake water polo recruit.

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