Felicity Huffman was spotted for the first time since she was bailed from jail for her alleged involvement in an explosive college admissions cheating scandal.
The Desperate Housewives actress peered out from her LA Hollywood Hills home with a stony face and an icy glare on Thursday.
She’d been holed up inside her sprawling home since Tuesday evening when she was released from jail after posting $250,000 bond and surrendering her passport.
The 56-year-old star is accused of paying $15,000 disguised as a charitable donation to scam ‘charity’ Key Worldwide Foundation to help her eldest daughter cheat on the SAT.
Actress Felicity Huffman was spotted for the first time since she was bailed from jail, walking around her Hollywood Hills, LA home on Thursday afternoon with a stony face and an icy glare. (pictured) She was jailed for paying for her daughter to get a better SAT score
The 56-year-old actress was arrested on Tuesday morning and is among 50 people charged in a sweeping university admissions scam. Pictured above on Tuesday inside an LA courthouse
Huffman has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud for paying $15,000 disguised as a charitable donation to have someone correct her eldest daughter’s SAT exam
In December 2017 her daughter Sofia Grace Macy, 18, took her SAT college admission test at a separate testing site instead of taking it at her school – Los Angeles High School of the Arts.
There someone changed the answers on her test, helping her score a 1420 out of 1600, a 400-point improvement from her PSAT results just one year prior.
Soon after the proctor was paid $40,000 by Key Worldwide Foundation, the same organization that Huffman would later give a $15,000 donation to, according to the documents.
Charging documents state that both Huffman and her husband, actor William H Macy, agreed to the plan to help daughters Sofia. They allegedly discussed using it again for their second daughter Georgia, 16, but decided against it.
Huffman, along with actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, are among 50 people who have been accused of paying bribes and cheating to get their children into America’s top colleges.
Huffman has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. A magistrate judge ordered the actress to restrict her travel to the continental US and she surrendered her passport to the court.
Huffman pictured above in a court sketch at an initial hearing on Tuesday for defendants in the racketeering case
Huffman allegedly paid a $15,000 ‘charitable contribution’ ‘to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter’ Sofia. Huffman and Macy with their daughters Georgia and Sofia (far left) at the Golden Globes
Sophia, 18, (far right) received a score of 1420 out of 1600, a 400-point improvement from her PSAT results just one year prior
She’s scheduled to appear in court on March 29th in Boston.
She was arrested at 6am on Tuesday when seven FBI agents showed up at her Hollywood Hills home, drew their weapons, and ordered the actress to come out and surrender.
Huffman, her husband, and their two daughters were asleep inside the home when agents arrived.
Loughlin was also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud for allegedly paying $500,000 to get their daughters Olivia Jade, 19, and Isabella, 20, into the University of Southern California.
The scheme worked in several ways. First, parents would pay obtain a medical document which said their child needed extra time to complete either their SAT or ACT test. Once they got it, they would take the test in one of two centers that was controlled by the scheme’s ‘mastermind’ Rick Singer. One was in Hollywood and one was in Texas.
She was spotted on Thursday walking in front of her Hollywood Hills home after she holed up in the residence on Wednesday after posting bail
Singer paid off Mark Riddell, a ‘really smart’ Florida college prep teacher who would fly to the test locations when a child was due to take it and either sit it for them or correct their answers once they had finished. The doctored tests were then sent on to be graded.
The second part of the scheme involved creating fake athlete profiles for kids to get them athletic scholarships to schools they would not have gotten into on their grades alone.
Singer allegedly had several sports coaches from various colleges around the US on his pay roll to facilitate this part of the scheme.
The Schools involved in the nation-wide scheme included Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, USC, and UCLA