Many Texans are likely following the college admission scandal that has made headlines across the nation. Reports claim that 14 defendants will soon plead guilty to the charges against them in the fraud case. The Department of Justice said that actress Felicity Huffman, a star on the TV series "Desperate Housewives," is among those who plan to admit to paying thousands of dollars to gain unearned benefits for their children in the college admissions process. Huffman will reportedly plead guilty to paying $15,000 to get her older daughter additional time to take the SATs and to have a private proctor administer the test and falsely correct her answers.
In a statement, the actress said that she accepted responsibility for her role in the fraud. She apologized to her family, friends and the educational community as well as to students who work to earn their admission to college fairly and honestly. Huffman also said that her daughter was unaware of the scheme and had no idea that her SAT accommodations had been fraudulently obtained.
The actress was one of a number of wealthy parents who allegedly paid one man millions of dollars in total in order to help their children gain admission to selective universities like Stanford, Georgetown and Yale. Rather than seeking tutoring or other assistance, the parents' payments helped to falsely classify their children as athletes in order to allow them to be judged on looser admission standards. In other cases, students received unearned accommodations or even fraudulent answers to the SATs in order to raise their scores.
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