Actress Felicity Huffman, along with a dozen other parents, and a coach related to the fraud Massive bribes to access elite universities, have been declared Monday guilty of charges that are charged, including the fraud of mail. The mafia conspiracy uncovered last March involves more than fifty people including parents, businessmen and several university trainers who since 2011 received up to 25 million dollars for the children of the privileged rich (Hollywood actors and other celebrities) to enter prestigious universities of the United States like Georgetown, Yale, Stanford or UCLA, among others.
Huffman said he accepts all the blame for what happened - his husband, the actor William H. Macy, has not been imputed - and feel a deep regret. "I accept the consequences of my actions", declared the star of the series Desperate women in a court in Boston (Massachusetts). "I am ashamed of the damage caused to my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community," said Huffman, who added that, in particular, he wanted to apologize to all those students who work hard to enter the university, and with their parents, who make tremendous sacrifices to bring their children up in an "honest way". The Oscar-nominated actress for Transamerica he would have paid $ 15,000 for his daughter's modified exam to enter university.
The charges facing Huffman carry a fine of $ 250,000 and a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, but it is not clear how long, if any, the actress will be sentenced. The sentences in the case of fraud The number of admissions depends on how much money each family has paid to the bribed persons so that their children can access the elite centers. The payment of the Huffman family is one of the lowest, according to court documents cited by US media.
Actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, both also accused by the prosecution, would have agreed to pay half a million dollars to their daughters they were included in the rowing team of the University of Southern California although none of them was a rower. Both were accepted at that university. However, the marriage has not yet ruled on whether to plead guilty or fight the charges.
Huffman wanted to insist that his daughter did not know everything that happened regarding her admission to the university. "This transgression towards her and towards the public will bring her the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is not an excuse to skip the law or be dishonest. "
So far, of the 50 people accused in the case, four had pleaded guilty, according to prosecutors. Rick Singer, the brain of mafia fraud; Rudy Meredith, the women's football coach at Yale University; and Mark Riddell, all cooperating witnesses of the Prosecutor's Office, have agreed to plead guilty and testify in exchange for minor sentences. John Vandemoer, a former navigation coach at Stanford University, has also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit extortion.