Felicity Huffman Arrives in Boston Court to Face Charges for Alleged College Scam

Felicity Huffman faces felony charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud

Felicity Huffman was early for court on Wednesday, where she was set to face a judge for her alleged involvement in the nationwide college admissions cheating scandal.

The Desperate Housewives alum, 56, was seen around 11:07 a.m. entering a Boston courthouse. She wore a black blazer, matching pants, a turquoise button-down and accessorized with a cross necklace — all under a black overcoat. Huffman also carried a purse on her arm, and held hands with her brother.

Huffman’s husband, actor William H. Macy, was not in attendance.

It is unclear whether Huffman — and fellow actress Lori Loughlin, who is also expected in court — will enter pleas today.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has accused both actresses of being involved in a widespread effort by wealthy families to get their children into top colleges by falsifying SAT scores, lying about their athletic skills and other fraudulent means.

They each face felony charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud after being arrested in March, and could face prison time (though a legal expert previously told PEOPLE that is unlikely).

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Felicity Huffman. Photo by Charles Krupa/AP/Shutterstock

In a criminal complaint released last month, prosecutors alleged that Huffman paid $15,000 to admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer and his nonprofit organization, Key Worldwide Foundation (“KWF”) — which prosecutors said was actually a front for accepting bribes. Singer then allegedly facilitated cheating on Huffman’s daughter’s SAT test by having a proctor correct the teen’s answers.

Huffman allegedly discussed the scheme in a recorded phone call with Singer, who has pleaded guilty to multiple charges and has admitted to devising the scam.

According to the complaint, Singer told Huffman that he “controlled” a testing center, and could arrange for a third party to proctor the SAT testing of Huffman’s daughter and then change the teen’s incorrect answers.

Prosecutors allege they have recordings of Huffman talking about the scheme for her younger daughter, but she ultimately didn’t follow through with that plan.

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