Felicity Huffman has agreed to plead guilty for her role in the college bribery scam.
The actress is among 13 parents who on Monday agreed to admit to the charges. The next step in Huffman’s case is a plea sentencing hearing which is yet to be set.
The maximum sentence for her charges is 20 years in prison, three years supervised release and a fine of $250,000.
She was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for paying someone to alter her daughter’s SAT results.
Other parents, namely Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimmo Giannulli, are yet to make deals or enter pleas.
Felicity Huffman (pictured at court on April 3) has agreed to plead guilty to mail fraud for her role in the scam
Huffman issued this statement on Monday as she agreed to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud
In a statement, Huffman said she had ‘betrayed’ her oldest daughter, Sofia, by paying $15,000 to have someone else alter her SAT results in 2017 to get her into the school.
‘I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office.
‘I am in full acceptance of my guilt and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.
‘I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues, and the educational community.
‘I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.
‘My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her.
‘This transgression towards her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life.
‘My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty,’ it read.
Huffman and her husband William H. Macy are shown with their oldest daughter Sofia (left), whose test was the one that was manipulated, and their younger daughter Georgia in January
It is the first public remark she has made on the scandal since her March arrest.
The 13 others who also agreed to plead guilty are Jane Buckingham, Gordon Caplan, Robert Flaxman, Agustin Huneeus, Marjorie Klapper, Gregory Abbott, Marcia Abbott, Peter Jan Sartorio, Stephen Semprevivo, Devin Sloane and Bruce and Davina Isackson.
Coach Michael Center, 54, of Austin, Texas, who was the head coach of men’s tennis at the University of Texas at Austin, also agreed to plead guilty.
Huffman paid $15,000 to have someone change Sofia’s answers once she was finished with her SAT exam.
Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are yet to enter pleas or make deals with prosecutors. They are shown in court on April 3 in Boston
She considered using the scheme again for her younger daughter Georgia but decided against it.
Her husband William H. Macy has not been arrested or charged.
The fraudulent scheme was run by Rick Singer, 58. He collected more than $25million in bribes from parents who were desperate to get their children into prestigious schools.
He either got them in by having someone alter their test answers or, in some cases, sit the entire test for them, or by pretending they were star athletes being recruited for their sporting ability.
To pull it off, he bribed sports coaches at various colleges who went along with fake athletics profiles and college test administrators who looked the other way while the tests were manipulates.
He is facing 60 years behind bars.