Contrition could be paying off big time for Felicity Huffman. After her guilty plea in the college admissions scandal, she could be getting off with as little as one month in prison.
UPDATE (9/6/2019, 12:18 a.m. EST): HollywoodLife has also obtained letters submitted written by Felicity Huffman herself, and her husband, William H. Macy. “I honestly didn’t and don’t care about my daughter going to a prestigious college. I just wanted to give her a shot at being considered for a program where her acting talent would be the deciding factor,” Felicity writes, after going into detail about her daughter Sophia Grace’s struggles with sensory modulation. “I began to feel that I was a bad mother if I didn’t consider what Mr. Singer was suggesting,” she continues — referencing to the falsified SAT scores put forth in her daughter’s applications.
“Felicity’s family is her world…from the day we learned Sophia Grace Macy was on her way, Felicity threw herself into parenting,” her husband William H. Macy wrote. “Felicity’s only interest now is figuring out how to make amends and help her daughters heal and move on.”
ORIGINAL: Honesty turned out to be the best policy for actress Felicity Huffman, 56. She tearfully entered a guilty plea on May 13 in the federal Operation Varsity Blues college admissions scandal and at the time prosecutors were recommending she spend between four to 10 months behind bars. Now the U.S. Attorney’s office filed documents on Sept. 6 asking that the former Desperate Housewives star spend one month in a federal prison, pay $20,000 in fines and have one year of supervised probation according to paperwork obtained by HollywoodLife.com. We have also reached out to Felicity’s lawyer and rep, and her husband William H. Macy‘s rep.
In the paperwork prosecutors argued that, “Some period of incarceration is the only meaningful sanction for these crimes. Not because the defendants’ relative wealth has generated public resentment, but because jail is a particularly meaningful response to this kind of offense. For wrongdoing that is predicated on wealth and rationalized by a sense of privilege, incarceration is the only leveler: in prison everyone is treated the same, dressed the same, and intermingle regardless of affluence, position or fame.”
The prosecutors aren’t about to let her get off too easy with zero jail time as to make sure that the message is sent that what she did was highly illegal and it will result in serious punishment if others try to do the same thing. “In the context of this case, neither probation nor home confinement (in a large home in the Hollywood Hills with an infinity pool) would constitute meaningful punishment or deter others from committing similar crimes. Nor is a fine alone sufficient to reflect the seriousness of the offense or to promote respect for the law.”
Felicity pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. She admitted to paying $15,000 to a fake charity that helped her daughter falsely up her SAT scores by 400 points from a previous exam. They got her extra time to take the test and had a proctor change wrong answers to correct ones in a controlled environment by a bribed administrator.
The head of the fake charity, Rick Singer, confessed to helping wealthy parents cheat on the SAT’s for their children. He also admitted to bribing college coaches to designate potential students as athletic recruits, even though they weren’t on the sports teams. Actress Lori Loughlin, 55, and husband Mossimo Giannulli, 56, have pled not guilty to paying $500,000 to have their daughters Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella, 20, designated as crew recruits to secure them admissions into USC after they were arrested in Operation Varsity Blues.