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Felicity Huffman, 13 others to plead guilty in college admissions scam: 'Want to apologize to the students who work hard every day'


You play with fire, you get burned

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Actress Felicity Huffman is just one of more than a dozen people involved in the recent college admissions scam who plan to plead guilty, according to prosecutors.

What college admissions scam?

In March, authorities charged dozens of people — including Hollywood actresses and people from affluent backgrounds — in connection with an an elaborate, nationwide college admissions bribing scam. Those involved were said to have paid $25 million in bribes to secure their kids' futures at prestigious universities

The scam involved parents, college coaches, administrators, and more. Prosecutors charged at least 50 people in connection with the scheme, which is reportedly the biggest college admissions cheating scam ever prosecuted in the United States.

So what's happening now?

A Monday Reuters report revealed that Huffman and others plan to plead guilty for their roles in the scam.

According to the Daily Beast, prosecutors said that Huffman "agreed to pay [college admissions counselor William] Singer at least $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme for her oldest daughter."

In a Monday statement, the 56-year-old Huffman acknowledged her mistake and expressed her shame.

"I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney's Office," she wrote. "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."

The "Desperate Housewives" actress continued, "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," she continued. "This transgression toward 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."

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