Friday, October 23, 2020

Prosecutors want Felicity Huffman to serve 4-10 months in college bribery case

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Federal prosecutors say actress Felicity Huffman should serve between four and 10 months for her role in the college bribery scam, though her plea agreement, obtained by USA TODAY, indicates they plan to recommend a number toward the lower end of that scale.

The plea agreement does not specify the length of her prison term. However, using the sentencing algebra used by the DOJ, once Huffman’s offense, admission of guilt and the money involved in the crime are factored in, that figure is in the four-to-10 month range, according to The New York Times and CNN.

According to the terms of the deal, which Huffman signed on April 4 and announced four days later, her prison term will be followed by a year of probation. She also agrees to forfeit the $15,000 she paid to have her elder daughter’s SAT exam corrected. Huffman must also pay a $20,000 fine, with financial restitution to be determined at sentencing.

‘I am ashamed’:  Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions cheating scam

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The filing also warns that if Huffman, 56, does not accept full responsibility for her crime at the plea hearing or commits any new offenses or obstructs justice in the meantime, the DOJ will “object to any reduction in her sentence.”

The maximum penalty for her offenses of mail fraud and honest services fraud is a 20-year prison term, forfeiture of the money used in the crime, a fine of $250,000 and other restitution.

Huffman, who accepted responsibility and expressed remorse in her statement last week announcing her plea deal, is due back in federal court on the afternoon of May 21, according to the DOJ’s website.

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