Actress Felicity Huffman released early from US college scandal sentence

NEW YORK (REUTERS) – Actress Felicity Huffman, the first parent in the US college admissions cheating scandal to go to prison, was released from a California facility on Friday (Oct 25), before the end of her 14-day sentence, a prison spokeswoman said.

The Desperate Housewives star was scheduled to be let out on Sunday, but the spokeswoman cited a policy that allows for the early release of inmates whose release day is on a weekend.

Huffman, 56, an Academy Award nominee, turned herself in to authorities at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California, on Oct 15.

US District Judge Indira Talwani had sentenced her to serve two weeks behind bars after Huffman pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to her payment of US$15,000 (S$20,000) to have someone secretly correct answers on her daughter Sophia’s SAT college entrance test.

She is among 52 people charged with participating in a wide-ranging scheme in which wealthy parents engaged in a bribery and fraud scheme with a California college admissions consultant to get their children into top colleges, including Yale, Stanford and the University of Southern California.

Huffman, who won an Emmy award for television’s Desperate Housewives and was nominated for an Oscar as best actress for her role in the 2005 film Transamerica, said her daughter was unaware of the scheme until the actress was arrested on March 12.

In the days after Huffman’s arrest, her daughter’s top choice college rescinded her acceptance.

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