Felicity Huffman finishes sentence in college admissions scandal

Actress Felicity Huffman has finished the sentence handed down to her last year after she admitted to paying an admissions consultant to falsify her eldest daughter’s college entrance exam.

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A representative for Huffman told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the “Desperate Housewives” actress finished her year-long supervised release on Sunday.

Days earlier, Huffman’s attorneys had asked that the 57-year-old’s passport be returned to her. On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani granted the request.

“Ms. Huffman will shortly complete the period of supervised release the Court imposed on September 13, 2019,” Huffman’s attorneys wrote last week in a court filing. “She has already completed all other aspects of the sentence the Court imposed that day.”

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Last year, Huffman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Prosecutors said she paid admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer $15,000, which she disguised as a charitable donation, to rig her daughter’s SAT score.

Authorities said her daughter was unaware of the arrangement.

Talwani sentenced Huffman to 14 days in prison and ordered her to pay a $30,000 fine and complete 250 hours of community service. Huffman served 11 days of her sentence in October 2019 before being released due to a Bureau of Prisons policy allowing for the early release of inmates under certain conditions, CNN reported.

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Authorities said Huffman coordinated with Singer to convince test administrators to give her daughter extended time to take the SAT in 2017, citing a “learning difference.” She arranged to have her daughter take the test at a center affiliated with Singer, where her daughter’s answers were altered to boost her score by about 400 points, prosecutors said.

Huffman was one of more than 50 people, including 34 parents, to be charged last year with participating in the admissions scheme. Prosecutors said the parents involved paid Singer to bribe college coaches and rig test scores to get their children into elite universities.

The scandal also led to the arrests of “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin, who was sentenced earlier this year to two months in prison, and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, who was sentenced to five months in prison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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