American star Felicity Hoffman has been sentenced to 14 days in prison for federal crimes resulting from a fraudulent entry into the universities of “Varsity Blues”.
The sentence also included a fine of $ 30,000 and the completion of 250 hours of community service, and is scheduled to submit a self-report to the facility of the prison office, which has not yet been determined on October 25 next.
Hoffman, 56, learned of the verdict on Friday and issued a statement shortly thereafter, declaring her acceptance of the judge’s decision. “I accept the court’s decision today without reservation. I was always ready to accept any punishment imposed by the judge,” she said. So I pleaded guilty to this crime, there are no justifications for my actions, “according to abcnews.”
“I would like to apologize once again to my daughter, my husband, my family and the educational community for my actions, and I want to apologize in particular to students who work hard every day to enter university and to their parents who make good sacrifices to support their children.”
“I have learned a lot over the past six months about my flaws as a person. My goal now is to serve the punishment given to me by the court and I look forward to doing community service hours and making a positive impact on my community,” she said. In the months and years to come, I will try to live a more honest life, to serve as a better model for my daughters and family and to continue to contribute my time and energy wherever I need.
Hoffman read the statement before the court in which she apologized to the judge, students, colleges and universities, then apologized to her two daughters and husband. Its history and characteristics require a prison sentence. ”
Hoffman’s lawyers had asked the court to impose a one-year probation period, 250 hours of community service and a $ 20,000 fine, but federal prosecutors asked the judge to sentence Hoffman to one month in prison, followed by 12 months of supervised release and a fine of 20. one thousand dollars.
The case goes back to March 13, when a federal indictment of 50 people, including star Hoffman and more than 30 wealthy parents, was overturned in the biggest university fraud ever seen by the US Justice Department.
The indictment said the defendants paid bribes to William “Rick” Singer, a college teacher, identified by prosecutors as the nationwide fraud leader to bring their children to elite colleges, including Stanford, the University of Southern California, Princeton and Georgetown.
The 59-year-old teacher, who prosecutors said raised $ 25 million in bribes during a year-long fraud, pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruct justice, but he has not yet been sentenced.