Actress Felicity Huffman, who played Lynette Scavo in the “Desperate Housewives” series, is serving a 13-day sentence in the federal low-security prison in Dublin, California, for falsifying her daughter’s SAT scores for college admission.
She was also sentenced to one year of supervised release, 250 hours of community service, and a fine of $30,000, according to CNN on Oct. 21.
Huffman justified her actions by saying that she pretended to be a good mother and that she convinced herself that in this way she was giving her daughter a fair chance, but then acknowledged that she was wrong.
“I see the irony in that statement now because what I have done is the opposite of fair. I have broken the law, deceived the educational community, betrayed my daughter and failed my family,” said the actress as quoted by CNN.
She also apologized to the other students and their parents.
The actress was seen wearing the dark green uniform worn by the inmates of the Dublin prison, located 28 miles from San Francisco.
Huffman participated in a scandal called Varsity blues in which 52 people have already been accused of falsifying SAT scores for admission to universities. Of those, 14 have agreed to plead guilty to racketeering charges and some will cooperate with prosecutors, who in turn would recommend that they be sentenced to a light sentence, according to USA Today.
In another case, Douglas Hodge, former CEO of PIMCO, an investment advisory firm, allegedly paid approximately $525,000 for his daughter and son to successfully enter the University of Southern California as alleged soccer and football players, respectively, Fox Business reported.
Racketeering carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, three years supervised release and a $250,000 fine.