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Guilty pleas in college admissions scam

Oklahoma residents have probably heard about the college admissions scandal involving affluent families and might want to know more details. Several families have been charged in relation to allegations that they used practices like bribery and fraud to get their children into top U.S. colleges. Stars like Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among the parents involved, and Felicity Huffman is one of 14 defendants pleading guilty to honest services mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

The 56-year-old Huffman is an Oscar- and Academy Award-nominated actress, who starred in the TV shows "Desperate Housewives," "TransAmerica" and "American Crime." Huffman is now making headlines for allegedly paying $15,000 to cheat on a college entrance exam for her oldest daughter. Huffman and her husband, fellow actor William H. Macy, reportedly considered cheating again to get their youngest daughter into college but did not.

The parents pleading guilty are said to have spent more than $1.8 million combined to get their children into prestigious schools by using false information on entrance applications and rigging entrance exams. Huffman made a statement expressing remorse for her actions and apologized to the parents and students who work hard to honestly pursue higher education. She also said her daughter had no knowledge of what she did. Only Huffman has been charged; her husband has not.

At the center of the college admissions scam is Rick Singer. Between 2011 and 2018, he reportedly received $25 million from parents seeking to get their children into Stanford, Georgetown, Yale, UCLA and other elite schools.

Mail fraud is considered a white-collar crime along with embezzlement, tax evasion, identity theft, money laundering and more. An individual facing charges might wish to consult an attorney to evaluate the evidence in a case and help them determine whether fighting charges or plea bargaining is the right course of action.

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