Actress Felicity Huffman and a dozen other parents agreed on Monday to plead guilty to using bribery to get their children into prestigious universities.
Huffman, 56, best known for her role in the “Desperate Housewives” series, agreed to plead guilty to paying $15,000 to help her eldest daughter get better scores on the SAT college entrance exam, the Massachusetts Department of Justice said in a statement.
Huffman’s equally famous husband, actor William H. Macy, was not charged in connection with the college admissions scandal.
The Massachusetts Department of Justice said that in addition to Huffman, another dozen parents charged in the case had also agreed to plead guilty.
Huffman could face a maximum of up to 20 years in prison for conspiracy to commit mail fraud but is not expected to receive such a stiff sentence.
Another well-known actress, Lori Loughlin, known for her role on “Full House,” has also been charged in the case but did not enter a plea on Monday.
The actresses were the most famous of the 50 people indicted in a scam to help children of the American elite gain entry into top US colleges.
Some of the other parents involved were CEOs or partners in major law firms.
The ringleader behind the scam, William “Rick” Singer, who authorities say was paid about $25 million dollars to bribe coaches and university administrators, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities.
BBNaija: Cindy, Frodd, Mercy and Diane Up for Fake Eviction
Housemates Mercy, Frodd, Diane and Cindy are up for fake eviction.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that unknown to the housemates, there will be no eviction this week, making their nominations invalid.
The ten remaining housemates were called into the diary room for the usual nomination process, with each of them nominating two housemates each.
Ike nominated Frodd and Cindy, who nominated Diane and Ike. Omashola nominated Mercy and Diane, who nominated Mike and Omashola.
Mike nominated Diane and Mercy while Tacha nominated Cindy and Mike, Seyi nominated Ike and Mercy while Frodd nominated Cindy and Mercy.
On her part, Mercy nominated Frodd and Omashola, and Elozonam nominated Frodd and Tacha.
While the nominations were rolled out, Frodd seemed upset to have been nominated again. On the flip side, Tacha was relieved to escape nomination.
NAN reports that the fake eviction tension was further fueled by the lack of a Veto power of chance holder for a save and replace.
For the remaining part of the week, housemates will pick photographs from a red box. The housemate with a complete picture would hold the ultimate veto power.
Khafi Kareem Evicted from BBNaija House
Khafi Kareem has been evicted from the ongoing Big Brother Naija Season Four.
Khafi, who was put up in a strong competition with Tacha, Mike and Seyi, got on stage in her usual, bubbly demeanor.
When the nomination reel was played for her, she told host Ebuka Obi-Uchendu that she was surprised that Ike nominated her, seeing as they both bonded in the house.
NAN reports that Ike, on Thursday, had revealed that he planted a condom by Khafi and her love interest, Gedoni, to imply that they had sex.
While both Khafi and Gedoni had denied that they had sex, they also insisted that their romantic feelings for each other were real.
In the post-eviction interview, Khafi said she bonded with Gedoni in the first week because they were both up for eviction.
She told Ebuka that she believes he loves her as much she loves him, adding that she was a forlorn lover when he was evicted.
She announced that she would be moving to Lagos from London and plans to go into acting and presenting.
During her stint in the house, Khafi was Head of House, won one million Naira and part of Team Lagos and a car.
NAN reports that Ebuka announced that there will be no eviction next week, although the veto power of chance task will still hold.
Majek Fashek in London, Critically Ill, Says Manager
Popular reggae musician, Majek Fashek, is down with an undisclosed ailment and he is currently on admission at a hospital in the United Kingdom.
The singer’s manager, Uzoma Omenka, disclosed this in a statement posted on Majek’s official Instagram page,
Omenka wrote, “This is to confirm to all fans of Majek Fashek that he is very sick and currently on admission at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolich in England.”
He apologised for not informing Majek’s fans and other members of the public about the singer’s condition on time.
Calling on music fans to provide financial support for the ailing singer and to pray for his speedy recovery, Omenka promised to provide regular updates on Majek with videos and pictures.