Actress Felicity Huffman was released from prison Friday (October 25, 2019) just after serving 11 days of a 14-day sentence for her part in a scam in which she paid a bribe to support her daughter acquire admission to college.
Huffman, 56, an Academy Award nominee, started serving her sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, on October 15 and had been set to be released on Sunday.
A spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons told AFP that the Desperate Housewives and “American Crime” star was released early from the low-safety facility east of San Francisco beneath guidelines that permit inmates to be freed prior to a weekend.
Huffman, who is married to actor William H Macy, was the very first of extra than 30 parents to be sentenced in an elaborate and wide-ranging scam to support youngsters of the elite safe locations in best US colleges.
US District Judge Indira Talwani had sentenced her to serve two weeks behind bars just after Huffman pleaded guilty to conspiracy connected to her payment of US$15,000 to have somebody secretly appropriate answers on her daughter Sophia’s SAT college entrance test.
The scandal erupted in March when the ringleader behind the scam, William “Rick” Singer, admitted operating the fraud which ranged from cheating in entrance exams to bribing coaches to support non-athletic students get scholarships.
Authorities say he was paid about US$25 million to bribe coaches and university administrators. He has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities.
Actress Lori Loughlin from 1980s-90s sitcom Complete Residence and her husband are amongst parents who turned to Singer for support and are also facing charges. The pair have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.
The significant query that remains is, who will land that post-prison interview? TMZ reports that she was approached by CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CBS’s Gayle King, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, and ABC’s George Stephanopoulos … all of whom pitched why they have been the very best selection.