Felicity Huffman, one of the most high profile people caught in the biggest college admissions scandal in history, will be sentenced today for her role in it. But she couldn’t let it go without trying to excuse herself for paying $15,000 to boost her daughter’s SAT scores.
According to Huffman, her oldest daughter’s math SAT scores weren’t good enough to get into the expensive and Ivy League colleges she felt she should be in. So after a year of her daughter trying to improve her scores the legal way, by studying, Huffman paid for her daughter’s scores to be rigged higher.
“In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot,” Huffman said in the three-page letter. “I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair. I have broken the law, deceived the educational community, betrayed my daughter and failed my family.”
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Prosecutors in Huffman’s case have suggested one month in prison and a $20,000 fine for Huffman. Her lawyers are asking for no jail time, one year of probation, 250 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine, according to CNN.
Huffman is facing charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. She plead guilty to all charges.
Eva Longoria wrote a letter of support of Huffman, saying that Huffman always helped with Longoria’s charity aimed at helping poor Latino children and when Longoria was going to get paid less for her role in “Desperate Housewives,” Huffman stepped in and made them all negotiate for the same pay.
But the majority white and wealthy parents of the students whose place in college was bought are unlikely to face heavy sentences.
So far, only one person has been sentenced: Former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer, who served no jail time.