Actress Felicity Huffman has reportedly agreed to plead guilty in a massive college admissions scam case, according to Reuters.
In a statement obtained by E! News, Huffman apologized to her family and friends, as well as parents and students who have made their way into colleges “honestly.”
“I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office. I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” the statement reads. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community.”
“I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college,” she continued. “And to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”
Huffman is among 13 people agreeing to plead guilty to charges that they paid hefty amounts and lied on applications and entrance exams to get their children into elite colleges. The lawsuit, known as “Operation Varsity Blues,” involves dozens of players and spans nationwide.
The former Desperate Housewives star was one of 33 parents, including actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, who were indicted last month.
Huffman is accused of paying $15K for the scheme’s alleged mastermind Rick Singer to correct her daughter’s SAT questions. She is facing felony mail fraud charges.
According to her statement, her daughter was unaware of her actions.
“This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life,” she said. “My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”
Huffman is married to actor William H. Macy. He has not been charged.
A source told ET Online that their relationship has been put to the test by the scandal.
Fuller House star Lori Loughlin and her husband are not among those choosing to plead guilty, Page Six reports.