Huffman's guilty plea hearing moved up

Felicity Huffman was accused of paying to rig her daughter's SAT score. Photo: AP
Felicity Huffman was accused of paying to rig her daughter's SAT score. Photo: AP
US actress Felicity Huffman is expected to plead guilty on May 13 to charges that she took part in a sweeping college admissions cheating scam.

The Desperate Housewives star had been scheduled to enter her plea in Boston federal court on May 21, but a judge on Monday agreed to move up the hearing because the lead prosecutor would be out of town.

Huffman (56) was accused of paying a consultant $US15,000 ($NZ22,000) disguised as a charitable donation to boost her daughter's SAT  (suite of assessments) score.

The SAT is a standardised test widely used for college admissions in the US.

Huffman will plead guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest-services mail fraud, according to court documents.

Those charges are punishable by up to 20 years in prison, but the plea agreement indicates prosecutors will seek a sentence of four to 10 months.

Lori Loughli and husband Mossimo Giannulli (left). Photo: AP
Lori Loughli and husband Mossimo Giannulli (left). Photo: AP
Also on Monday, lawyers formally entered not guilty pleas in court on behalf of Full House actress Lori Loughlin, her husband, Mossimo Giannulli and more than a dozen other parents.

They had previously pleaded not guilty in court documents. The judge allowed the parents to skip their arraignment.

Loughlin and Giannulli are charged with paying $US500,000 in bribes to get their daughters into the University of Southern California.

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