• Felicity Huffman reports to prison to start 14-day sentence in college admissions scam

    By: Theresa Seiger, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    Actress Felicity Huffman reported to prison Tuesday to begin a 14-day sentence after she admitted earlier this year to paying an admissions consultant to falsify her eldest daughter's college entrance exam.

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    In a statement released to Entertainment Tonight, a representative for Huffman said the "Desperate Housewives" actress reported Tuesday to the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, to begin the sentence handed down last month by U.S. District Judge Indira Talwani.


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    "Ms. Huffman is prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman's actions," the statement said. "She will begin serving the remainder of the sentence Judge Talwani imposed -- one year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of community service -- when she is released."

    Huffman, 56, pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Prosecutors said she paid admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer $15,000, which she disguised as a charitable donation, to rig her daughter's SAT score. Authorities said her daughter was unaware of the arrangement.

    Huffman was one of more than 50 people, including 34 parents, to be charged earlier this year with participating in the large-scale admissions scheme. Prosecutors said the parents involved paid Singer to bribe college coaches and rig test scores to get their children into elite universities. The scandal also led to the arrests of “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, both of whom are fighting the charges.

    Authorities say it's the biggest college admissions case ever prosecuted by the Justice Department, with a total of 51 people charged.

    The Associated Press contributed to this story.


     

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