Thursday, December 3, 2020

Actress Felicity Huffman jailed over college bribery scandal

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Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman has been jailed for 14 days for paying to have her daughter’s exam answers corrected.

She was also given a $30,000 (£24,000) fine, 250 hours of community service and a year of supervised release.

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Huffman is the first parent to be sentenced among 34 charged in a sweeping college admissions scandal in the US.

Related: Actress Felicity Huffman tells her side of college admissions scandal

The actress was sentenced in Boston’s federal court on Friday after pleading guilty to a single count of conspiracy and fraud in May.

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Huffman had admitted to paying an admissions consultant $15,000 (£12,000) to have an invigilator correct her daughter’s SAT exam answers in 2017.

Prosecutors had recommended a month in prison and a $20,000 (£16,000) fine.

Huffman’s lawyers said she should get a year of probation, 250 hours of community service and a $20,000 fine.

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