CrimeFelicity Huffman might serve prison sentence at Dublin facility
Felicity Huffman Faces 1 Month in Jail, $20,000 Fine for College Scandal
Felicity Huffman will likely receive a shortened incarceration and a hefty fine for her involvement in the college admissions scandal. According to court documents obtained by Us Weekly, the government recommended that the actress, 56, be sentenced to one month in jail, followed by 12 months of supervised release and a fine of $20,000. Huffman officially entered a guilty plea in May. She was arrested in March on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. The Desperate Housewives alum allegedly made “a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 … to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter.
Felicity Huffman might spend her two-week prison stint in the Bay Area.
When the award-winning actress who starred in “Desperate Housewives” was sentenced Friday to 14 days in federal prison for fraud in a wide-reaching college admissions scandal, her attorney asked the judge to recommend Huffman be designated to a low-security facility in Dublin, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts.
Federal prosecutors argue for prison time for Felicity Huffman in cheating scam
Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in the "Varsity Blues" college admissions cheating scandal. © Steven Senne/AP, FILE Felicity Huffman arrives at federal court, May 13, 2019, in Boston, where she is scheduled to plead guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal. "The court should sentence Huffman to a term of one month of incarceration, followed by 12 months of supervised release and a fine of $20,000," prosecutors wrote in their sentencing memo filed Friday.
Huffman, 56, was the first of 34 parents sentenced in the nationwide college bribery scandal after she paid $15,000 to illegally boost her daughter’s SAT scores. Fifty-one people have been charged in the elaborate scheme that illustrated what some wealthy and well-connected parents have done to get their children into schools like Yale, Stanford and UCLA. Huffman was also fined $30,000 and sentenced to 250 hours of community service and a year of supervised release.
The federal Bureau of Prisons will decide where Huffman will serve her sentence, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Massachusetts said. No date has been scheduled for the bureau to make a decision.
Felicity Huffman and William H. Macy tell their side of college admissions scandal
LOS ANGELES - What Felicity Huffman now calls the worst decision of her life came to a head at 6 a.m. March 12, when six federal agents showed up at the door of her Hollywood Hills home, guns drawn, to march the actress, in handcuffs, out of the realm of the beloved and into the realm of the scorned. Letters that Huffman and her husband, William H. Macy, wrote to the judge who will sentence her next week offer the most detailed explanation to date about how the couple got involved in the scandal and how they are grappling with Huffman’s extraordinary fall from grace. Both award-winning actors said they were trying to be good parents.
The Dublin facility has 1,235 female inmates, according to its.
A spokesman for Huffman, who pleaded guilty in May to a single count of conspiracy and fraud, could not be immediately reached for comment.
Prosecutors recommended Huffman be sentenced to a month in prison.
Huffman apologized to many people during the sentencing hearing, including her daughter.
“I can only say I am so sorry, Sophia,” Huffman said. “I was frightened. I was stupid, and I was so wrong. I am deeply ashamed of what I have done. I have inflicted more damage than I could ever imagine. I now see all the things that led me down this road, but ultimately none of the reasons matter, because at the end of the day I had a choice. I could have said, ‘No.’”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
Alejandro Serrano is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email:Twitter @serrano_alej
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