Federal prosecutors want Felicity Huffman to serve a month behind bars and pay a $20,000 fine for her involvement in the college admissions bribery scandal.
But lawyers for the 56-year-old actress appealed for a one-year term of probation — saying her actions were “completely out of character.”
“Huffmann’s decision to cheat was deliberate and knowing,” prosecutors wrote in the sentencing submission filed in US District Court on Friday.
“Huffmann’s notes also show that she knew what she was doing was wrong, and she conspired with Singer to avoid arousing suspicion,” the document read.
The “Desperate Housewives” actress is set to be sentenced in the infamous case on Sept. 13 in Boston.
She is accused of paying $15,000 for her daughter’s SAT answers to be corrected as part of a college-admission cheating ring masterminded by Rick Singer.
In their sentencing submission, Huffman’s lawyers said their client was “remorseful — indeed, deeply ashamed — about what she did.”
They denied Huffman wanted to falsify her daughter’s SAT scores and instead blamed her behavior on the poor resources at her daughter’s Los Angeles high school.
“The public high school her daughter Sophia attended, had limited college counseling resources,” Huffman’s lawyers wrote, claiming Singer was recommended as “one of the best college counselors in California.”
In a deal with prosecutors, Huffmann pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
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