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The Latest: Test taker pleads guilty in college bribery scam

The Latest: Test taker pleads guilty in college bribery scamBOSTON (AP) — The Latest on dozens of people charged in the sweeping college admissions scam (all times local):



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Felicity Huffman to plead guilty in college admissions cheating case

Felicity Huffman to plead guilty in college admissions cheating caseThe actor and 12 other parents will plead guilty after being accused of paying to rig children’s test scores and bribe coachesFelicity Huffman leaves federal court in Boston, Massachusetts, on 3 April 2019. Photograph: Brian Snyder/ReutersFelicity Huffman has agreed to plead guilty in the college admissions cheating scandal, the biggest celebrity name so far to admit to her involvement in the scheme. Court documents made public on Monday show that 12 other prominent parents, in addition to Huffman, will also plead guilty in the case.The actor, 56, was accused of paying a consultant $ 15,000 to have a proctor boost her older daughter’s SAT score in order to ease her way into college. Authorities say the actor also discussed going through with the same plan for her younger daughter, but she ultimately decided not to. Other parents charged in the scheme include prominent figures in law, finance, fashion, the food and beverage industry and other fields. It’s the biggest college admissions case ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.The scandal embroiled elite universities across the country and laid bare the lengths to which status-seeking parents will go to secure their children a coveted spot. The consultant, Rick Singer, met with Huffman and her husband, 69-year-old actor William H Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained to them he “controlled” a testing center and could have somebody secretly change their daughter’s answers, authorities said. Singer told investigators Huffman and her husband agreed to the plan. Macy was not charged although the authorities have not said why. Huffman will plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest-services mail fraud, according to court documents made public on Monday.In her first public comments since her arrest last month, she apologized and said she accepts full responsibility for her actions and “will accept the consequences”. Huffman said in a statement that her daughter did not know about her actions. She said her desire to help her daughter was “no excuse to break the law”.Huffman and TV actor Lori Loughlin had appeared in federal court in Boston last Wednesday afternoon, to face charges that they participated in a wide-ranging college admissions cheating scam that has rocked the US.The actors, along with Loughlin’s fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli and dozens of others, were charged last month in a scheme in which authorities say parents paid an admissions consultant to bribe college coaches and rig test scores to get their children into elite universities.Huffman was among 50 people charged in what authorities have described as the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the justice department.Loughlin and Giannulli are not among those who’ve agreed to plead guilty and haven’t publicly addressed the allegations.Earlier on Monday, Stanford University in California announced it had expelled a student who lied about her sailing credentials in her application, which was linked to the college admission bribery scandal.The university wrote that it had rescinded the student’s admission in a short statement posted on its website on 2 April after determining “some of the material in the student’s application is false”.The statement added: “The student is no longer on campus.”University officials previously said the student was admitted without the recommendation of former Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer, who pleaded guilty to taking bribes in exchange for helping students get into the elite university. They said a $ 500,000 contribution to the sailing program was made several months after the student was admitted.The Stanford Daily first reported on Sunday that the student had been expelled.



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'Desperate Housewives' star: I'm guilty

'Desperate Housewives' star: I'm guiltyFrom shake-ups at the Department of Homeland Security to Allison Mack pleading guilty in a sex cult case, here's Monday's top news.



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Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandalActress Felicity Huffman and a dozen other parents agreed on Monday to plead guilty to using bribery to get their children into prestigious universities. Huffman, 56, best known for her role in the “Desperate Housewives” series, agreed to plead guilty to paying $ 15,000 to help her eldest daughter get better scores on the SAT college entrance exam, the Massachusetts Department of Justice said in a statement. Huffman’s equally famous husband, actor William H. Macy of “Fargo” fame, was not charged in connection with the college admissions scandal.



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Woman with YouTube channel pleads not guilty to abusing kids

Woman with YouTube channel pleads not guilty to abusing kidsPHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman who had a popular YouTube channel featuring children pleaded not guilty Friday to charges she abused some of her seven adopted children by pepper-spraying them, striking them with a clothes hanger and making them take ice baths.



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Jake Patterson: Wisconsin man pleads guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs and shooting her parents

Jake Patterson: Wisconsin man pleads guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs and shooting her parentsJake Patterson has pleaded guilty to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs, killing her parents and holding her captive in a remote cabin for three months. The intentional homicide counts carry a sentence of life in prison. According to a criminal complaint , Patterson told authorities he decided she “was the girl he was going to take” after he saw her getting on a school bus near her home.



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The Latest: Ex-Yale coach pleads guilty in bribery scheme

The Latest: Ex-Yale coach pleads guilty in bribery schemeBOSTON (AP) — The Latest on a former Yale University soccer coach charged in college admissions scandal (all times local):



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Ex-coach of Yale women's soccer team plans guilty plea in admission scandal

Ex-coach of Yale women's soccer team plans guilty plea in admission scandalThe former head coach of women’s soccer at Yale University on Thursday is set to admit he took bribes to help the children of wealthy parents get into the Ivy League school, becoming the third person to plead guilty to a role in the largest U.S. college admissions scandal. Rudolph “Rudy” Meredith, 51, is scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston and plead guilty to conspiracy and wire fraud charges as part of an agreement to cooperate with prosecutors in their ongoing investigation, according to court records.



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Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing parents

Man pleads guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing parentsBARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents, in a move that spares the girl held captive in a remote cabin for three months from the possible trauma of having to testify at his trial.



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Ex-Yale coach set to plead guilty for soliciting almost $1 million in bribes in college admissions scandal

Ex-Yale coach set to plead guilty for soliciting almost $  1 million in bribes in college admissions scandalThe former women’s soccer coach at Yale University is expected to plead guilty Thursday to taking bribes in exchange for pretending applicants were recruits to boost their chances of getting into the school.



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