There could be jail time for actress Felicity Huffman who plead guilty of the charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The actress admitted to paying $15,000 to William "Rick" Singer through a fake charity he had set up to help facilitate cheating when Huffman's daughter took the SAT's, by arranging to have the teenager's incorrect answers corrected before the test was submitted.
Prosecutors recommended the former Desperate Housewives actress serve four months in prison and pay a $20,00 fine on top of a year of supervised release, CNN reports. Huffman's daughter, whom the actress stated had been seeing a neuropsychologist since the age of 8 and had received extra time to complete exams since she was 11, knew nothing about the money Huffman paid, she emphasized to the judge. She also told the judge the neuropsychologist had no knowledge of the plan to have someone change Huffman's daughter's answers either, PEOPLE reports, and that Huffman was the only one involved.
By agreeing to the plea deal the actress has also agreed not to appeal any prison sentence up to 20 years in exchange for the recommendation that she only serves the minimum of four months. It was back in April that Huffman agreed to plead guilty and released a statement apologizing for her actions. "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," she said.
While Huffman agreed to plead guilty, actress Lori Loughlin, another recognizable face involved in the college cheating scandal, is maintaining her innocence. Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli have pleaded not guilty to the charges brought against them after they allegedly paid Singer $500,000 to secure admission for their two daughters to the University of Southern California by designating them as members of the crew team.
Huffman has seemingly taken full responsibility for her actions and is ready to accept her sentence while Loughlin insists she didn't know the money she was paying was, in fact, illegal. Sources also state the actress is hopeful she won't have to serve jail time. “Lori’s situation has gone from bad to worse,” a source close to the actress told ET. “Jail time has always been a possibility, but since more charges were filed her reality [of not serving time] seems grim. While the fact she could serve time never leaves her mind, she strongly believes she doesn’t deserve to. She truly feels it was all a misunderstanding."
As for Huffman, another source told ET she's hoping to be able to put this entire scandal behind her. “Felicity worries non-stop because she knows she has made the worst mistake of her life," the source says. "Her hope is that after she is able to complete her deal that she will be able to rebuild her family life."
“Felicity and William are doing their very best to stand a united front," the source continues. "This experience has been humbling for Felicity. She is completely aware of her mistake and wants nothing more than to get past this time. She knew the moment she was charged she wanted to do whatever it would take to fix this and face her mistake head on. ... She just wants to make things right."
Huffman is scheduled to be sentenced on September 13.