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US: Felicity Huffman given 2 weeks in college scam

US: Felicity Huffman given 2 weeks in college scam
Actress ordered to prison after pleading guilty in May to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

By Michael Hernandez

WASHINGTON (AA) - Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman was sentenced Friday to two weeks behind bars for paying a college exam fixer $15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT exam scores.

The sentence is part of a wider scandal involving 34 wealthy parents who paid their children's way into prestigious U.S. universities.

Huffman, who was ushered into the courthouse by her husband, noted actor William H. Macy, was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine and will serve a year of probation and must perform 250 hours of community service.

She pled guilty in May to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

She has been ordered to report to prison within six weeks, according to multiple reports.

Huffman, along with other high-profile names, including Full House actress Lori Loughlin were arrested in March for their alleged roles in the scandal, which soared to national headlines.

Huffman is the highest-profile individual to be sentenced in the scandal so far, which allegedly also involved trying to label their children athletes without any background to corroborate their experience in the sports.

Loughlin is accused, alongside her husband Mossimo Giannulli, of paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California, one of the Los Angeles area's most highly-vaunted centers of higher education. The parents sought to get their daughters into the school as rowing recruits. They had no experience in the sport.

source: News Feed
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