A total of 13 fathers and mothers, including the actress of "Desperate Housewives" Felicity Huffman, declared Monday guilty of participating in a scam to facilitate through bribes the admission of their children in prestigious American universities.
The prosecution of a court in Boston (Massachusetts) accuses the interpreter, along with 50 other people including sports coaches, to organize a plot to falsify and cheat the entrance exams to several universities, which came to be paid 25 million dollars in bribes.
Prosecutors believe that this is the biggest university admission scam discovered in US history.
Huffman, who is among the 13 legal guardians who decided to plead guilty, said Monday in a statement that she is ashamed of the pain she has caused her "daughter, family, friends, colleagues and the educational community."
Specifically, Huffman admitted to having paid $ 15,000 to a fake charity to launder the bribe with which he intended to tamper with his daughter's college admission test.
"I want to apologize to students who work hard every day to enter college and with their parents who make huge sacrifices to support their children and do it honestly," said the actress, who was nominated in 2005 for best actress Oscar for his role in "Transamerica."
The interpreter, who played Lynette Scavo in the television series "Desperate Housewives", stressed that her daughter knew nothing and considered that her desire to help her should not have led her to break the law.
In addition to Huffman, another actress, Lori Loughlin, is also among the more than 30 wealthy parents and mothers accused of participating in the bribery network with the hope that their children will enter prestigious universities such as Yale, Georgetown and the University of the South. California.
Unlike Huffman, Loughlin, known for his participation in the television series "Full House", is not on the list of defendants who have decided to plead guilty.
The US Department of Justice discovered in March the network of millionaire bribes involving fifty people, including thirty relatives, along with heads of universities, exam supervisors and coaches.