Felicity Huffman has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in a college admissions scandal
Fisher, 51, played Huffman’s character’s boss during the second season of Desperate Housewives in 2005.
On Thursday, the actress posted a long message to Instagram underneath photos of her daughter Skylar, 17, revealing her thoughts on the scandal.
“I have been holding my tongue about #varsityblues,” she began, referring to the college admissions scandal, “mostly because as friends appeared on screen… although I am outspoken if not militant on just about everything… this is quandary central.”
“Chris [Duddy, Fisher’s husband] asked me today if, ‘pre-embezzlement’ I would have done anything to get one of our girls into the college of their dreams,” the actress continued. “Truth is I would do just about anything for our children(short of federal crime).”
Fisher then reminisced on her past friendship with Huffman, 56.
“As I pondered this I thought back to the beauty, the talent, the camaraderie, the early day red carpets, the desperation, the exhilaration. I thought about all of us girls having our babies at the same time and being filled with the anticipation of doing all of this better than our parents. We were progressive, yoga mamas, breast feeding ninjas… not even thinking about where they would go to college.”
“Flash forward to working with the most talented, beautiful, generous actor… I shared every scene with her for a season until my second pregnancy got me fired from my desperate role as Lynette’s boss,” she continued.
“Today I saw her, I read the charges… would I have done what these parents have done to ‘improve’ the future of their child’s life,” Fisher questioned. “The answer is perhaps… perhaps if what they have done is an improvement. My Skylar, my first born has been moved from school to school due to our ‘situation’… she has worked her ass off and thrived… today she was accepted to school number 5 and we are applying for financial aid.”
“I am proud of my children and who they are and how hard they have worked to make their place in the wake of #growingupfisher,” she finished. “I also understand wanting only good for your offspring and I am conflicted and I adore #felicityhuffman my prayers go out to you tonight.”
The actress also added a comment on her post, writing, “MOSTLY… I am so proud of my amazing daughter for being f—ing awesome… she makes me look good and will make of this life whatever she decides.”
Prosecutors allege dozens of wealthy parents — including Huffman and fellow actress Lori Loughlin — paid exorbitant sums to admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer and his nonprofit organization, Key Worldwide Foundation (“KWF”), which prosecutors said was actually a front for accepting bribes.
Prosecutors allege Singer would then help students cheat on their SATs and bribe coaches and administrators to accept the children of his wealthy donors into elite schools.
Singer pleaded guilty on Tuesday to four charges: racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice, PEOPLE confirmed.
Huffman is accused of engaging in a conspiracy to donate $15,000 in exchange to boost her daughter Sofia’s SAT scores.
“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 complaint against her alleges. “Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so.”
Loughlin, 54, and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were both accused of agreeing “to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team — despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC.”
Neither has entered a plea, and reps for both have not returned PEOPLE’s request for comment.
The duo accounts for two of 50 people indicted as part of the alleged nationwide scheme, which broke on Tuesday when federal court records were unsealed in Boston. Other notable names include the author Jane Buckingham. It’s unclear if the children were aware of any of these alleged crimes.