Updated May 13, 1 p.m.
"Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty on Monday to participating in the college admissions cheating scheme.
The 56-year-old actress entered the plea to a charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Huffman stood with her hands clasped in front of her and responded, "Yes, your honor," when asked whether she understood the charges. Her brother, Moore Huffman Jr., watched from the front row. Her husband, 69-year-old "Shameless" actor William H. Macy, didn't attend the hearing.
Huffman became the highest-profile person so far to admit to taking part in a college admissions bribery scheme that has also ensnared prominent college coaches and figures from the business world in the investigation named "Operation Varsity Blues."
The case has put the career of Huffman, an Emmy-winning star, in turmoil and laid bare the elite's ability to influence the education system. Huffman is among 14 parents who have agreed to plead guilty to charges in what authorities have called the biggest college admissions cheating scandal ever prosecuted in the U.S.