Actress Felicity Huffman cries as she pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Huffman stood with her hands clasped in front of her and responded, "Yes, your honor", when asked whether she understood the charges.

There was no sign of her husband, William H. Macy, who's not charged in the scandal.

Authorities claim that the "Desperate Housewives" star paid $15,000 to have someone correct the answers on her oldest daughter's Saturday.

Actress Felicity Huffman, 56, pleaded guilty on Monday afternoon in Boston federal court to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

In exchange for Huffman's guilty plea, federal prosecutors agreed to recommend incarceration at the "low end" of the sentencing range, a $20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release, the plea agreement states, according to CNN.

Huffman is scheduled to plead guilty alongside another parent charged in the case, California businessman Devin Sloane, who prosecutors said paid Singer $250,000 to help his oldest son gain admission to USC as a purported water polo recruit. The legendary lifestyle guru, of course, had her own legal drama in the past, when she served a five-month sentence in a federal corrections facility from 2004 to 2005 after being convicted of multiple felony charges.

Huffman's statement concluded, "My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her".

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Huffman's daughter received an SAT score of 1420 out of a possible 1600 - an improvement of approximately 400 points over her Preliminary SAT exam, taken without Singer's help, one year earlier. "This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life". Prosecutors have said they will seek between four and 10 months in prison.

In April, Huffman issued a statement apologizing for her actions. She was nominated for an Oscar for playing a transgender woman in the movie "Transamerica".

Actress Lori Loughlin is accused of hiring Singer as well, though the charges against her are more serious.

"Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman has pleaded guilty to participating in the college admissions cheating scheme.

Riddell has pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy; he will be sentenced in July.

For a school of that caliber - Georgetown's acceptance rate that year was below 15% - Singer told Huffman and Macy their daughter would need to score in the mid-1400s to 1500 on her SAT "to be solid". A limited series featuring Huffman on the Central Park Five case is expected to debut this month.

  • Michelle Webb