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Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

Actress Felicity Huffman with her husband outside Boston courthouse
Actor Felicity Huffman outside Boston courthouse, April 3. Photo: Jessica Rinaldi/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

Actor Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty to fraud conspiracy in federal court Monday after admitting to paying $15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT scores and better her chances of college acceptance, according to AP.

The big picture: Huffman is one of more than a dozen parents who agreed to plead guilty in an FBI sting case called Operation Variety Blues. The operation revealed a long line of wealthy parents who paid fixer William Rick Singer millions of dollars to increase their children's chances of getting admitted into prestigious colleges.

What to watch: Actor Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli pleaded not guilty after they were accused of paying $500,000 to a fake charity to improve their daughter's chances for acceptance into the University of Southern California.

Go deeper: Timeline of the major developments in the college admissions scandal