Felicity Huffman to Serve Only 14 Days in Jail for Admissions Scandal

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I’m sure we can all remember what felt like the biggest scandal of the year. In the early Spring of 2019, a number of high-profile celebrities were tangled in a vicious college admissions web, involving more than 50 parents across the U.S. The news rattled students, families and university professionals around the country. These parents committed federal crimes trying to get their children into high-profile and Ivy League schools.

After an intense investigation, it was found that families had cheated on entrance exams and falsified documents, some doing so without their children knowing. They artificially inflated their teenager’s SAT scores, lied on transcripts, exam scores and faked athletic awards to strategically place their children into spots on collegiate sports teams.

Most notably among them are Full House alum Lori Loughlin and Oscar nominee Felicity Huffman.

Today, Huffman received her sentence of 14 days in jail, along with an expensive fine and lengthy community service hours.

The actress came to the court holding hands with her famous husband, William H. Macy, to await her sentence. Despite Macy’s connection to the case, he was not convicted or sentenced to any crimes regarding the college admissions scandal.

The Desperate Housewives star pleaded to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. She had paid an admissions consultant $15,000 to have a proctor change her daughter’s answers on an SAT exam.

The office suggested one month of time served in prison, along with a $20,000 fine and 12 months of supervised release for her crime. Though, Huffman’s attorneys thought otherwise and pushed for no jail time whatsoever.

Huffman was apologetic in court, reading aloud a statement to the court and her family, adding that she was “deeply ashamed” of what she had done. According to CNN reports, the judge announced her sentence and stated,  “You can rebuild your life after this. You’ve paid your dues.”

Along with serving time, Huffman will have to pay a fine of $30,000 and report for 25o hours of community service. She also received one year of supervised release.    

The scandal involves around 50 parents attempting to get their children into high profile colleges including Georgetown, Stanford, Yale, USC, UCLA, and University of San Diego.

Huffman’s husband, William H. Macy, who was named in FBI documents was not charged.

Parents touched on pretty much all aspects of the application process, from written exams with faked handwriting to boosting extra-curricular resumes.

Parents would hire a proctor (someone used to administer the test in the event that a student couldn’t attend the regular date) who would later alter some of the answers of the test in order to improve performance.

However, Huffman’s daughter Sofia saw her score rise from a 1020 in her PSTA to a 1420 the following year. A huge swing.

According to TMZ, both Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman have been arrested and are currently in jail.

That would be a real surprise for inmates. Although you can bet the West Hollywood jail is probably just filled with different versions of Charlie Sheen at all times.

It’s too early to tell what (if any) effect these charges will have on their respective television shows.

Color me shocked that someone connected to one of the most duplicitous parts of Hollywood is wrapped up in this. It’s like if Ari Gold had a child and wanted them to get into school.

Including coaches and officials from Georgetown, Yale, USC, and Stanford.

Because, you know, if you get away with doing something illegal the first time, you should just keep doing it because there’s no way you’ll get caught this time.

Way to have faith in your own child’s ability, guys.

Congratulations on being smart enough that you didn’t need to cheat in order to get into college on top of being a rich white daughter of a celebrity.

They pretty much had their hands (and their money) on all parts of the application process.

Students claimed on their applications that they received higher grades or even athletic awards in sports they never even participated in.

Loughlin’s daughter was made out to be a top crew prospect, despite never having rowed crew in her life.

At least they were thorough I guess!

That’s nuts. Her daughter went on to fake an injury when she was eventually accepted in order to skirt expectations.

But like, can you imagine you’re casually applying for college at USC and you start getting a bunch of USC Crew swag in the mail? Either the kids definitely did know, or they really are dumb enough to need all this cheating and bribes.

Which is basically just what all college athletes do, so maybe this is just one of those cases of “dress for the job you want, not for the job you have”.

He and his company reportedly collected over $25 million dollars in just under 10 years running this scheme.

And I have to say, if there was ever a fake name for a charity, it would be Key Worldwide Foundation.

“Rick draws on his life experiences of being a father and college athletics coach. He has seen first hand the stress that the college admissions and athletics recruiting process can put on a family.

Ah yes, “The Key Method” aka the “Gimme All Your Money” method.

The foundation would then pay out the proctor in return for their services. Real hard to trace, guys.

And the proctors were paid up to $40,000 to administer the test. That’s some easy living right there…

Never. Leave. A paper trail. Criminal 101 guys…

Less than a year ago, she posted a video to her 1.9m YouTube followers stating, “I don’t know how much of school I’m gonna attend, but I’m gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying … I don’t really care about school, as you guys all know.”

I would feel sorry for them, except I don’t at all because what they did is disgusting.

I don’t know guys. She seems real sincere. I believe her.

Should these people be punished as much as they are? Or is bribery just part of the ivy league game now? Were these parents way off base or was it just a case of parents doing anything to help their children succeed?