Sunday, November 28, 2021

Felicity Huffman reports to prison in college admissions bribery scandal


Felicity Huffman reported to Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, on Tuesday to start her two-week prison sentence for her role in the college admissions scandal.

The “Desperate Housewives” actor was sentenced in September. She pleaded guilty to fraud charges in May, admitting to paying $15,000 to have her daughter’s SAT answers falsified as part of the scheme.

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Huffman was the first parent to be sentenced in Operation Varsity Blues, and is the first person in the scandal to serve prison time.

A representative for Huffman told PEOPLE that Huffman reported to the prison Tuesday morning.

“Ms. Huffman is prepared to serve the term of imprisonment Judge [Indira] Talwani ordered as one part of the punishment she imposed for Ms. Huffman’s actions. She will begin serving the remainder of the sentence Judge Talwani imposed — one year of supervised release, with conditions including 250 hours of community service — when she is released,” the representative said.

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Huffman was initially ordered to serve her sentence in jail, but her time will be instead served in prison.

Along with two weeks in prison, she was sentenced to a year of supervised release, 250 hours of community service, and a $30,000 fine.

Huffman’s request to be sent to Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin was approved by the Bureau of Prisons ahead of the start of her sentence.

Her lawyer, Martin Murphy, had said the facility, which is located in a suburb of San Francisco, was the closest option to Huffman’s home in Los Angeles, according to Radar Online.

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The prison was listed in Forbes’ 10 cushiest prisons in 2009, which said its “proximity to the Bay Area means gorgeous weather and easy travel options for visitors.”

According to the federal prison’s handbook, visitors are allowed between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends and holidays.

Though the handbook prohibits sunbathing, it says that inmates can lay out on sundecks in shorts and shirts on weekends. CBS San Francisco reported that inmates can watch a lobby television and have to wear khaki clothing featuring their names and inmate numbers.

An affidavit said that Huffman arranged for her eldest daughter, Sophia, to take the SAT at the West Hollywood Test Center, where her answers were later corrected. Huffman then disguised the $15,000 she paid for the test correction as a charitable donation for disadvantaged young people.

Court documents said Huffman arranged for her younger daughter, Georgia, to be part of the scheme as well but later decided against it.



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