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Charles Krupa, Associated Press
Actress Felicity Huffman departs federal court in Boston on Wednesday, April 3, 2019, after facing charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.

SALT LAKE CITY — Actress Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty Monday to a scheme that boosted her daughter’s SAT scores so that her daughter could get into college, according to The Associated Press.

Huffman, best known for her role on “Desperate Housewives,” was one of dozens of parents involved in a widespread conspiracy that included wealthy parents, college consultants and corrupt college advisors, the AP reports.

Huffman specifically pleaded guilty to paying $15,000 to have someone fix her daughter’s incorrect answers after her daughter finished the SAT, NPR reports.

The person who made those changes also pleaded guilty. But the exam proctor who has been accused of letting all of this happen has not pleaded guilty yet.

Huffman did not hold back when pleading guilty on Monday, according to NPR.

  • Huffman looked straight ahead, ignoring the phalanx of reporters and cameras as she entered the courthouse to plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud,” according to NPR. “Inside, she cried as she explained to the judge that her daughter knew nothing about the scam to inflate her test scores, and that her daughter's accommodation for extra time on tests was legitimate.”

Huffman pleaded guilty as a way to hopefully earn some leniency in her sentencing.

  • "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,” Huffman said in a statement last month.

Context: Huffman isn’t the only parent who has pleaded guilty in this case so far. I reported for the Deseret News on a wealthy California couple who pleaded guilty earlier this month. The couple reportedly paid $600,000 in bribes so their daughters could be accepted into the University of Southern California and the University of California Los Angeles. The couple, Bruce and Davina Isackson, became the first parents to plead guilty in court for this case, according to USA Today.

On the other side, celebrity Lori Loughlin has decided to plead not guilty, according to The Associated Press. Loughlin and her husband have been accused of paying $500,000 in bribes so that their daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli, would be crew team recruits for the University of Southern California even though they have no experience in the sport.

Loughlin, who previously starred on “When Calls the Heart,” reportedly wants to take her chances in the courtroom, according to my report for the Deseret News.

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  • “Lori feels like so much damage has been done publicly that the only way for her to counter it is to fight this case in court. She feels like once all the evidence is presented, that people will understand how things happened,” according to People magazine.
  • “She doesn’t want to spend time in jail, but she knows that any sort of plea or conviction at this point will include jail time," one source told People magazine. "Her only chance of avoiding jail is to go to court and be found not guilty.”