The Operation Varsity Blues scandal continues to unfold (and piss a lot of people off), but as of Monday, actress Felicity Huffman and 13 other defendants in the case have officially agreed to plead guilty to honest services mail fraud and conspiracy to commit mail fraud. In essence, they are admitting that they willfully consented to spend vast sums of money on a variety of schemes to get their kids into the colleges of their choice. Although the defendants’ punishments are to be determined, this is a major step in the legal proceedings.
Notably, Full House actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, Target-affiliated designer Mossimo Giannulli—the parents of student and beauty influencer Olivia Jade—were not named in the aforementioned plea deal. Among the parents who have pled guilty is New York City–based International Dispensing Corporation chairman Gregory Abbott, a food and beverage distribution figurehead who, together with his wife, Marcia, had been accused of paying mastermind William “Rick” Singer $125,000 to fudge his daughter’s SAT and ACT scores to increase her chances of admission. Abbott, Observer discovered, is also the author of Sheer Pressure, an erotic novel about the struggles of living with inherited wealth.
Huffman, Abbott and the others’ pleas are a big deal, but apparently parents aren’t the only wrongdoers in hot
So who will end up in prison? New York attorney William Moran thinks at least somebody will. “I think these prosecutors want to make an example here so they don’t have to do this again,” Moran told People. “If parents now know that they could be prosecuted and go to jail for this, that might be a factor that would prevent someone from doing this again.”
Huffman, for her part, has released a statement expressing remorse. “I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions,” the actress said Monday. “I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community. I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”