Felicity Huffman, and 12 other wealthy parents, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud as part of the college admissions scandal on Monday (April 8).
“I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office,” Huffman said in a statement. “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”
“I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community,” the statement continued. “I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly. My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”
Huffman admitted to paying $15,000 to a fake charity associated with Rick Singer, the facilitator of the college scam, “to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter,” read her indictment.
Prosecutors will be asking for jail time for all defendants, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation, CNN reports. Since Huffman pled guilty, she is reportedly facing anywhere between six to 21 months in prison.