William H. Macy Was Not Charged in College Cheating Scandal
It’s a sad day in Hollywood for Shameless star William H. Macy, whose wife Felicity Huffman was indicted for participating in a sprawling college admissions scandal.
However, William himself was not charged.
According to documents obtained by People magazine, Felicity is charged for engaging in a scheme to donate $15,000 to a company in exchange for its help to fraudulently boost their daughter’s SAT scores.
Felicity and actress Lori Loughlin (along with Lori’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli) were among 50 people named on Tuesday in an alleged conspiracy to defraud and undermine competitive student admissions at elite colleges and universities — including Yale, Georgetown, the University of Southern California and Stanford, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts.
As People reports, authorities and the charging document allege that Felicity and William aligned with William Singer, a “cooperating witness” in the investigation who runs a college preparatory business and started the Key Worldwide Foundation that accepted the couple’s $15,000 donation.
William Singer plead guilty.
After donating the $15,000, Felicity and William H. Macy later received a written response from the foundation assuring the money would “provide educational and self-enrichment programs to disadvantaged youth.”
Basically, they pretended that their eldest daughter had learning disabilities so she can get extra time taking her SATs, and it worked. She received a 1420 on her SAT — a 400-point difference from her PSAT, which she took a year earlier.
According to emails and recorded conversations cited in the indictment, People reports, William H. Macy participated only in conversations about the second daughter — not in the plan that was ultimately carried out with their eldest.
That’s likely why he wasn’t criminally charged (it’s not exactly illegal to talk about a possible crime, after all).