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Felicity Huffman should spend a month in jail, prosecutors say

2019-09-07

Actress Felicity Huffman departs federal court in Boston in April. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Prosecutors called for actress Felicity Huffman to serve a month in jail and pay a $20,000 fine for her role in the college admissions scandal in a court filing on Friday in Boston.

She pleaded guilty earlier this year to mail fraud and honest services fraud in connection with a $15,000 payment to have an SAT exam proctor correct one of her daughter’s answers.

The former “Desperate Housewives” star inquired about doing the same for another daughter, but never went through with the plan.

Prosecutors wrote that Huffman’s conduct was “deliberate and manifestly criminal" and her “efforts weren’t driven by need or desperation, but by a sense of entitlement, or at least moral cluelessness, facilitated by wealth and insularity.”

In addition to the suggested month in jail, they said she should also have a year of supervised release.

“In the context of this case, neither probation nor home confinement (in a large home in the Hollywood Hills with an infinity pool) would constitute meaningful punishment or deter others from committing similar crimes,” prosecutors wrote.

The college cheating scandal investigation, also known as Operation Varsity Blues, also involved “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin who has pleaded not guilty.

Around 50 people total were charged, including the alleged mastermind, William “Rick” Singer.

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Huffman’s attorneys requested the judge sentence her to one year of probation and 250 hours of community service in response to the prosecutor’s filing. She would also pay the $20,000 fine.

“Ms. Huffman is deeply remorseful for her crime. She recognized that she deserves to be punished for what she did,” her attorneys wrote.

She is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 13 in Boston Federal Court.