Federal prosecutors urged a judge to sentence Felicity Huffman to a month in jail and pay $20,000 for her role in the college admissions bribery scandal.
"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 said in a court filing Friday (September 6), arguing that her conduct was "deliberate and manifestly criminal."
The 56-year-old actress is scheduled to be sentenced next Friday (September 13).
Back in May, Felicity pleaded guilty to mail fraud and honest services fraud for paying $15,000 to a fake charity associated with Rick Singer, the facilitator of the college scam, "to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter." In short, she admitted to paying Rick to have someone correct her daughter's SAT answers.
"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," prosecutors wrote in the 161-page sentencing memorandum. "Millions of parents send their kids to college every year. All of them care as much as she does about their children’s fortunes. But they don’t buy fake SAT scores and joke about it."
According to The Boston Globe, the sentencing memorandum also includes 27 letters of support, including a letter from Felicity herself, her husband, William H. Macy, and her Desperate Housewives co-star Eva Longoria. "Ms. Huffman is deeply remorseful for her crime. She recognizes that she deserves to be punished for what she did," her attorneys wrote.
Felicity's lawyers are arguing for one year of probation, 250 hours of community service, and a $20,000 fine for her crimes.
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