Huff­man re­ports to prison to serve 14-day sen­tence

Lodi News-Sentinel - - NATION - By Matthew Orm­seth

Felic­ity Huff­man on Tues­day re­ported to a fed­eral prison in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, where she will spend two weeks be­hind bars for con­spir­ing to rig her daugh­ter’s col­lege en­trance ex­ams.

Huff­man, 56, will serve her sen­tence at the Fed­eral Cor­rec­tional In­sti­tu­tion in Dublin, a low-se­cu­rity fa­cil­ity about 30 miles south­east of Oak­land, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from Huff­man’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive.

Upon her re­lease, Huff­man must per­form 250 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and re­main on su­per­vised re­lease for one year.

The award-win­ning ac­tress was ar­rested in March and pleaded guilty two months later to fraud con­spir­acy, ad­mit­ting she paid $15,000 to Wil­liam “Rick” Singer, a New­port Beach con­sul­tant who or­ches­trated an elab­o­rate col­lege ad­mis­sions fraud, to fix her daugh­ter’s SAT score.

U.S. District Judge Indira Tal­wani in Septem­ber chose to in­car­cer­ate Huff­man, de­spite Huff­man’s ex­pla­na­tion that she be­lieved she was try­ing to be “a good mother” when she con­spired to fix her daugh­ter’s SAT score.

In a let­ter to the judge, Huff­man said she came to view her daugh­ter’s strug­gles on the math sec­tion of the SAT as “a huge ob­sta­cle” to her act­ing dreams. When Singer told her he could “make sure she gets the score she needs,” she said, “I hon­estly be­gan to feel that maybe I would be a bad mother if I didn’t do what Mr. Singer was sug­gest­ing.”

Huff­man’s daugh­ter took her SAT in 2017 at a pri­vate school in West Hol­ly­wood. Un­be­knownst to her, Huff­man and prose­cu­tors say, Singer had paid an ad­min­is­tra­tor to let Mark Rid­dell, Singer’s Har­vard-ed­u­cated ac­com­plice, cor­rect the girl’s an­swers af­ter she fin­ished her test.

Singer and Rid­dell have pleaded guilty to a num­ber of felonies. The test­ing cen­ter ad­min­is­tra­tor, Igor Dvorskiy, said ear­lier this month he would plead guilty to con­spir­acy to com­mit rack­e­teer­ing.

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