Felicity Huffman has agreed to plead guilty in college entrance exams to cheat the scandal, the biggest celebrity so far to yield to her involvement in the scheme. Documents from the court published on Monday show that 12 other prominent parents, besides Huffman, will also be guilty in the case.
The actor, 56, was charged with paying a $ 15,000 consultant to get a proctor to increase her older daughter's SAT score to ease her way to college. Authorities say the actor has also discussed the same plan for her youngest daughter, but in the end she decided not to.
Other parents accused in the plan are prominent figures from law, finance, fashion, the food and beverage industry and other areas.
It is the largest entrance examination case ever prosecuted by the Ministry of Justice.
The scandal involved elite universities across the country and laid the lengths to which status-seeking parents will go to secure their children a coveted place.
The consultant, Rick Singer, met Huffman and her husband, 69-year-old actor William H Macy, at their home in Los Angeles and explained that he was checking a & # 39; test center & # 39; and could have someone secretly check their daughter's answers. said. Singer told researchers Huffman and her husband agreed to the plan. Macy was not charged, although the authorities did not say why.
Huffman will plead guilty of a conspiracy allegation to commit mail fraud and e-mail fraud through fair services, according to court documents made public on Monday.
In her first public comments since her arrest last month, she apologized and said she accepted full responsibility for her actions and "would accept the consequences". Huffman said in a statement that her daughter did not know about her actions. She said that her desire to help her daughter was not an excuse for breaking the law.
Huffman and TV actor Lori Loughlin had appeared in the federal court in Boston last Wednesday afternoon to deal with allegations that they were taking part in a wide-ranging entrance exam that cheats counterfeiting that has turned the US upside down.
The actors, along with Loughlin & # 39; s fashion designer, husband Mossimo Giannulli and dozens of others, were charged last month in a plan in which authorities say parents have paid an admission consultant to bribe college buses and enter test scores to bring their children to the elite universities.
Among 50 people, Huffman was accused of what the authorities have described as the largest entrance exams in schools ever prosecuted by the judiciary.
Loughlin and Giannulli are not the ones who have agreed to plead guilty and have not dealt with the allegations publicly.
Earlier on Monday, Stanford University in California announced that it had deported a student who lied about her license in her application, which was related to the scandal of college bribe admission.
The university wrote that it had withdrawn the admission of the student in a short statement that was posted on its website on 2 April after it had determined that "some of the material in the student's application was incorrect".
The statement added: "The student is no longer on campus."
University officials said the student was admitted without the recommendation of the former Stanford sailing coach, John Vandemoer, who was guilty of taking bribes in exchange for helping students at elite university. They said that a contribution of $ 500,000 to the sailing program was made a few months after the student was admitted.
The Stanford Daily reported on Sunday that the student had been deported.