Will ‘Shameless’ Actor William H. Macy Also Face Charges in College Admissions Bribery Case?
They say when you get married, you become one, that you go through the hardships of life together. But does that age-old adage apply to
Shameless actor William H. Macy is probably hoping that that’s not the case. On Tuesday, his wife Felicity Huffman was indicted in an alleged college admissions scam case. Huffman and over 40 other people were charged with using unethical methods to get children into colleges, such as the University of Southern California, Yale, Stanford, and more.
The scam, which is now being referred to as “Operation Varsity Blues” had two parts.
The first route the parents could take to
Documents released by the U.S. Attorney’s office allege that Huffman paid $15,000 to help her daughter get into school. This money was allegedly paid to William Rick Singer’s charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation, that was just a front for the scam.
Huffman has now been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
She was arrested at her home yesterday. She, then, appeared in court, where her bond was set at $250,000. She also had to surrender her passport to the court so that she could not leave the country. She will have to appear before a judge again on Mar. 29.
So what does this all mean for Macy?
Well, he has not been indicted yet, but charges could be on the way as he allegedly also made the donation to the fake charity.
“Huffman and her spouse made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 to KWF to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter,” the criminal affidavit reads. “Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so.”
A witness also stated that Huffman was involved in the scheme.
The witness, referred to as CW-1 in the documents, claims to have met with both Huffman and Macy in their house before an SAT exam in December of 2017. The witness says that he explained to the couple how the scheme would work.
“According to CW-1, he advised Huffman and her spouse that he ‘controlled’ a testing center, and could arrange for a third party to purport to proctor their daughter’s SAT and secretly correct her answers
According to New York Law School professor Rebecca Roiphe, there are a number of reasons why Macy may not be charged.
“Maybe it’s possible that the government has far more evidence
It could also mean that Macy has cooperated with the investigation or that he was not an active participant in the crime.
“If there’s no active participation in the wrongdoing, the spouse will not be charged,” criminal attorney Murray Richman also told the outlet. “Mere knowledge, even with the presence, does not constitute criminal conduct.”
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