Felicity Huffman just became the first parent sentenced in the college admissions scandal.
The actor, best known for her role in “Desperate Housewives,” pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to commit fraud. She was sentenced to 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine, a year of supervised release, and 250 hours of community service. Prosecutors had been seeking a one-month prison sentence.
Huffman admitted to paying scam organizer William “Rick” Singer $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT test. Huffman explained her actions in a letter to the judge.
“In my desperation to be a good mother, I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot,” she said, “I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair. I have broken the law, deceived the educational community, betrayed my daughter and failed my family.”
Huffman is one of 50 people charged in the scandal, in which wealthy parents allegedly paid Singer to boost their children’s test scores, and athletic records so they could be eligible for admission to top universities.
“Full House” actor Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were among those who were also charged.