US actress Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives, American Crime) has been sentenced to 14 days after pleading guilty to paying $15,000 in a college admissions scam.
Judge Indira Talwani also ordered her to serve 250 hours of community service and a year of probation, and pay a $30,000 fine. The sentence was less than the one month term recommended by Prosecutors.
“Trying to be a good mother doesn’t excuse this,” the judge said. “The outrage in this case is a system that is already so distorted by money and privilege in the first place… You took the step of having one more advantage to put your child ahead.”
Huffman was one of 33 parents ensnared in the initial FBI investigation into cheating in elite college admissions.
“In my desperation to be a good mother I talked myself into believing that all I was doing was giving my daughter a fair shot,” she wrote in a letter to the judge.
Her husband, actor William H. Macy, told the court in a letter that Huffman has received no acting offers or auditions since the scandal broke.
Full House actress Lori Loughlin has pleaded not guilty to a similar charge.
Huffman was ordered to report to prison on October 25.