BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Actress Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty to her part in a nationwide college admissions scandal in Federal Court in Boston Monday afternoon.
Huffman cried quietly in court toward the end of her hearing, shortly before she entered her plea.
The "Desperate Housewives" star admitted she paid $15,000 to the scam's mastermind, Rick Singer, to get her daughter's SAT scores improved by having a test proctor correct the wrong answers.
Huffman told the court her daughter has been seeing a neuropsychologist since she was eight, and has been getting extra time for tests since she was 11. It was during that extra time that the daughter's SAT test answers were corrected by the proctor.
A total of fifty people were accused of being part of the wide-ranging scam, which included wealthy parents spending millions to bribe coaches and test-takers to secure college admission for their children.
Last month, Huffman released a statement to the court admitting her guilt, and expressing deep regret and shame.
She'll be sentenced on September 13. The maximum penalty for her offense, mail fraud, is 20 years, but the prosecution is only recommending a four-month sentence.
WBZ NewsRadio's Carl Stevens (@carlwbz) reports