As of today, Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman is cooling her heels in a minimum-security federal women’s prison in Dublin, California, a rep announced this morning. The actress, who pleaded guilty back in May to her role in the College Admissions Scandal, is serving a 14-day sentence for paying $15,000 to William Singer, the scam’s alleged mastermind, to have her eldest daughter’s SAT scores improved; she was also sentenced to a year of probation and 250 hours of community service, and has to pay a $30,000 fine.
The prison, FCI Dublin, is one of only five federal women’s prisons in the country, and has seen a handful of other notable cons do time in its confines over the years, including Patty Hearst (21 months ending in 1979), Heidi Fleiss (20 months ending in 1998), and, before it became a facility exclusively for women in 2012, Pavlo Lazarenko, the former Ukrainian prime minister who served eight years for money laundering and other crimes. Glamorous!
Huffman was the first of the parents embroiled in the scandal to have her punishment meted out. Since her sentencing, several more parents have been sentenced to prison time, including California vineyard owner Agustin Huneeus, who got the stiffest punishment yet: five months in prison. Another parent, Peter Jan Sartorio, received probation instead of jail time, with his lawyer arguing that he’s different from the other accused parents in that he’s neither rich nor famous.
Huffman is scheduled to be released on October 29.