Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy Make Courthouse Return After Her College Admissions Scandal Arrest
On Friday, the couple was seen arriving at the federal courthouse holding hands. Huffman, 56, was dressed in a black sweater, grey top and black pants. Macy, 69, also wore dark-colored clothes with a black hat.
The former Desperate Housewives star was arrested on Tuesday.
Huffman and another actress, Lori Loughlin, along with Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were among 50 people named in an alleged conspiracy to defraud and undermine competitive student admissions at elite colleges and universities including Yale, Georgetown, the University of Southern California and Stanford, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
Meanwhile, Macy was not indicted.
The Shameless star, 69, is instead identified only as “her spouse” in the document alleging that Huffman engaged in a scheme to donate $15,000 to a company in exchange for its help to fraudulently boost their daughter’s SAT scores, according to the indictment obtained by PEOPLE.
Authorities and the charging document allege that Huffman and Macy aligned with William Singer, a “cooperating witness” in the investigation who runs a college preparatory business and started the Key Worldwide Foundation that accepted the couple’s $15,000 donation.
Singer, who has pleaded guilty to his role in the scandal, met with the couple in their Los Angeles home and allegedly told them a proctor could boost their daughter’s SAT results by secretly correcting any incorrect test answers.
According to the indictment, Singer “advised investigators that Huffman and her spouse agreed to the plan.”
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Compared to the results of the daughter’s earlier Preliminary SAT exam completed without any suggestion of cheating, the indictment states, “Ultimately, Huffman’s daughter received a score of 1420 on the SAT, an improvement of approximately 400 points over her PSAT, taken without CW-2 one year earlier.”
PEOPLE was unable to reach a representative for Huffman and Macy.
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Huffman’s next preliminary court hearing is scheduled for March 29 at a Boston court, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
On Friday, Huffman deleted her Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, as well as her parenting site What the Flicka?. Before her arrest, Huffman shared a photo of Macy and their oldest daughter, 18-year-old Sofia Grace, visiting college campuses on December 13, 2017.
In addition, Huffman’s parenting website previously posted a blog warning teenagers to not attempt to be “sneaky” with their parents. The post (which was not written by Huffman) featured a list of tips for moms and jokingly addressed teens about lying to their parents, “You think you’re so smart and sneaky and while you probably will get away with it a couple of times — maybe even more times than not — at some point you’re going to get cold-hard busted.”