Felicity Huffman, an actress imprisoned in an alleged fraudulent college scandal, was reportedly greeted by FBI agents with her pistols on Tuesday morning at her home in Los Angeles.
Huffman, known for her role in ABC's "Desperate Housewives," became involved in the massive college fraud scandal along with other wealthy and famous parents who allegedly paid millions for housing their children at elite universities.
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A source told the Los Angeles Times that Huffman and other defendants had recently been notified that they might have been arrested , who are familiar with Huffman's arrest, told the newspaper that FBI agents with drawn weapons appeared to the actress at 6:00 am to detain her.
The FBI did not use a tactical team to arrest Huffman, but dropped the weapons as a precautionary measure, "because the execution of an arrest warrant is a circumstance," said Laura Eimiller, FBI spokeswoman for the LA Times.
Huffman appeared in court on Tuesday afternoon when the judge asked her, "I'm not asking you to admit or reject the charges against you, but understand what the government claims you did?" replied, "Yes."
Her husband, actor William H. Macy, was in court when the judge released her with a $ 250,000 bond. Huffman is scheduled to appear in court on March 29 in Boston.
The 54-year-old Huffman allegedly paid $ 15,000, which he had disguised as a charitable donation, so that her daughter could attend the fraudulent entrance examination of the college entrance exam, according to court records.
According to court papers, a co-working witness with Huffman and Huffman told Macy at her Los Angeles home and told them he had "controlled" a SAT testing center and someone could have corrected his daughter's wrong answers. The person informed the investigators that the couple had agreed to the plan.
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Her daughter Sofia, a rising actress from the University of Los Angeles Arts, allegedly took part in the test in December 2017 and received a score of 1420, an improvement of 400 points over the first test, the LA Times reported.
Huffman and several other defendants were charged with conspiracy for fraud up to 20 years in prison. Macy was not charged; The authorities did not say why.
David Mamet, Oscar-nominated author of "Wag the Dog" and "The Verdict", defended himself in the form of an open letter citing the double standards deadline reported deadline. "The unqualified can be accepted for many reasons, including as objects of inheritance and because of large donations from their parents." Mamet wrote. "I see no difference between taking a child to school by bribing the building committee and bribing someone else. Apparently, the second is against the law. So be it.
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The 50 parents who have been trapped in the massive scam scandal allegedly railed against William Rick Singer, the California man. The money was reportedly used to bribe sports coaches or to assist with scams in entrance exams so that their children could be admitted to prestigious schools such as Yale, Georgetown, Stanford and the University of Southern California.
The authorities said that in many cases, the adolescents did not know their parents' plans. Several of the participating colleges did not mention any action against the students.
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Another great name on the list is actress Laurie Loughlin, known for playing Aunt Becky in the family's sitcom. "Full House. "Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are both being charged with allegedly spending $ 500,000 faking the sports records of their two daughters.
Giannulli was released on a $ 1 million bond continental United States. Loughlin should be abandoned, according to a report on Wednesday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.