Why is Felicity Huffman and not husband William H Macy being charged in the college admissions scandal?

Here’s everything to know…

Here’s everything to know…

The college admissions scandal has dominated the headlines this week, with the recently unearthed scheme reportedly being the largest college admissions scandal of all time.

The scheme in question reportedly saw parents bribe school officials and college coaches to get their children into top colleges, either by cheating on standardised tests or by getting the children accepted as college athletes despite often not even playing the sport.

According to federal prosecutors, 50 people took part in the scheme, with some very famous faces among the parents involved.

Lori Loughlin and her daughters. Credit: REX

90210 actress Lori Loughlin, her husband fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli and Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman have all been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud in 'Operation Varsity Blues’, looking at potential jail time, with the felonies carrying a maximum sentence of five years.

While according to CNN, there are also nine college coaches, two SATC administrators, one college administrator and a CEO who are also charged, one person who seems to have avoided charges is Felicity Huffman’s actor husband, William H Macy.


The Fargo actor is said to have been aware of the scheme, but his wife Felicity was the one who allegedly facilitated where and when one of their daughters would take an SAT which would then be falsified, allegedly sending a $15,000 wire payment to a charity in payment.

The SAG award winner was reportedly involved in planning to do the same for his younger daughter, something she ended up not needing.

While he is currently not identified in court documents, referred to as Huffman’s spouse, it is thought that William H Macy could still be charged.

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