Watch: Felicity Huffman wants her passport returned to her
As Lori Loughlin readies for prison in the college admissions scandal, Felicity Huffman is close to completing her sentence — and wants the government to return her passport.
Attorneys for Huffman filed court documents Wednesday requesting that the United States Probation and Pre-Trial Services Department return the Desperate Housewives star’s passport as she “will shortly complete the period of supervised release the Court imposed on September 13, 2019.” She was sentenced to one-year of supervised probation.
It noted that Huffman “has already completed all other aspects of the sentence the Court imposed,” which also included two weeks in prison, 250 hours of community service and a $30,000 fine (£22,900). (Huffman had paid the fine before she walked into Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, Calif., in Oct. 2019.)
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Once the probation is officially complete, that will close the case on Criminal No. 19-10117. Huffman was arrested, guns drawn, by the FBI in March 2019 for her role in the college admissions scandal, which saw wealthy parents pay a college admissions fixer named William “Rick” Singer to get their kids into elite colleges by cheating on standardised tests and/or passing them off as sports’ recruits.
Huffman admitted early on to paying Singer $15,000 to have a proctor cheat on the SAT exam of her elder daughter with husband William H. Macy, Sophia — and made a deal with federal prosecutors. The now-20-year-old was unaware of the scam. Huffman considered running the scheme again for their younger daughter, Georgia, but changed her mind.
Huffman took “full responsibility” for her actions and apologised several times for what she did, saying she has “eternal shame” over it. She also publicly apologised to her daughter, who she said was the one most deeply impacted by it.
The Academy Award nominee has given no interviews about the scandal and has kept a very low profile. Meanwhile, Macy — who supported his wife throughout — has been back at work on the final season of Shameless.
And while Sophia was denied a final audition for an unspecified university’s drama program two days after Huffman’s arrest, she took a gap year from college and ended up landing a role in The Twilight Zone.
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Meanwhile, the other most high-profile person in the college admissions scandal case, Loughlin, is getting ready to report to prison. Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, ran a scam twice, paying a total of $500,000, to get their YouTube star daughters, Olivia Jade and Isabella Giannulli into the University of Southern California as crew recruits, despite neither participating in the sport.
Both Loughlin and Giannulli denied that they broke the law, but after an overwhelming amount of evidence — including fake photos they took of their daughters on rowing machines and a falsified rowing resume for one— they flipped and made a deal with prosecutors in May.
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Loughlin was sentenced to two months in prison, two years of supervised release, a fine of $150,000 and 100 hours of community service. She will serve her prison sentence at Federal Correctional Institution, Victorville in California, which offers perks including pilates classes.
Giannulli, a designer of golf clothing, is also headed to prison — FCI Lompoc in California — but for five months. He also has to pay a $250,000 fine, complete 250 hours of community service and serve two years of supervised probation.
Both Loughlin and Giannulli must surrender to the Bureau of Prisons by Nov. 19.