14 May 2019
AP — Felicity Huffman was silent and held her brother’s hand Monday as she arrived at federal court to become the highest-profile person so far to admit to taking part in a college admissions bribery scheme that has also ensnared prominent college coaches and figures from the business world.
Huffman, 56, arrived with her brother Moore Huffman Jr. She is expected to enter her guilty plea two months after she was arrested in the investigation named “Operation Varsity Blues” and accused of paying $15,000 to rig her daughter’s SAT score.
The case has put the career of the Emmy-winning star of “Desperate Housewives” in turmoil and laid bare the elite’s ability to influence the education system. Huffman is among 14 parents who have agreed to plead guilty to charges in what authorities have called it the biggest college admissions cheating scandal ever prosecuted in the U.S.
The parents are accused of paying an admissions consultant to bribe coaches in exchange for helping their children get into school as athletic recruits. The consultant, Rick Singer, also paid off entrance exam administrators to allow a proctor to take tests for students or fix their answers, authorities say.
Huffman paid Singer $15,000 to have a proctor correct her older daughter’s SAT answers and considered going through with the scheme for her younger daughter before deciding not to, authorities say.
By Alanna Durkin Richer, AP, 13 May 2019
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