Huffman reports to prison to serve 14-day sentence
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.