The actor was spotted picking up some water hoses at Anawalt Hardware store in Los Angeles

By Joelle Goldstein
April 10, 2019 11:35 AM
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William H. Macy was seen out and about running errands a day after his wife Felicity Huffman agreed to plead guilty in the high-profile college admissions cheating scandal.

The actor, 69, was spotted picking up some water hoses at Anawalt Hardware store in Los Angeles. For his Tuesday outing, Macy wore a blue polo shirt and jeans.

On Monday, his wife and 13 other defendants admitted their roles in the college admissions scam.

In a statement obtained by PEOPLE, Huffman, 56, announced that she was pleading guilty and apologized for her part in the college admissions scandal.

“I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney’s Office,” she wrote in a statement, which was obtained by PEOPLE. “I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions.”

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“I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community,” she continued. “I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly.”

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Huffman then emphasized that her plan to cheat on the SATs for her daughter was concocted without her daughter’s knowledge.

“My daughter knew absolutely nothing about my actions, and in my misguided and profoundly wrong way, I have betrayed her. This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty.”

Though Macy and Huffman share daughters Sofia, 18, and Georgia, 17, the Shameless actor was not charged in the college admissions scandal because while he allegedly discussed a potential plan for his youngest, he was not directly involved in the plan carried out to secure a college spot for his oldest.

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The guilty plea announcement came five days after Huffman appeared alongside other wealthy parents — including Lori Loughlin — in U.S. District Court in Boston for the first time since they were accused in March of allegedly taking part in a $25 million scheme to get their children into top colleges.

Dates for formal pleas have not been set.

On March 12, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts announced that it had charged 50 people, including Huffman and Loughlin, in the cheating scandal. The two actresses, along with coaches, admissions counselors, parents, and Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, were indicted on charges of falsifying SAT scores and lying about their athletic skills, among other alleged crimes.

William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman

Prosecutors alleged in a criminal complaint 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 facilitated cheating on Huffman’s daughter’s SAT test by having a proctor correct the teen’s answers after the fact. Huffman discussed the scheme in a phone call with Singer that was recorded by investigators.

Monday’s Department of Justice statement did not give any information on what sentence Huffman or any of the other defendants might face.