Actor William H. Macy has a difficult birthday this year.
The star of "Shameless" turned 69 on Wednesday, just one day after his wife, Felicity Huffman, was accused of her alleged role in a national college admissions scam.
The 54-year-old "Desperate Housewives" actress was arrested on Tuesday morning after being accused of paying a bribe to help her daughter enter a reputable university.
Macy himself was not charged and the authorities did not explain why. An FBI agent said in an affidavit that Macy was in the room when Huffman first heard the speech of a fraudster.
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The actor has supported his wife on Tuesday for more than 20 years during his hearing in a US federal court, where she paid a bond of $ 250,000. She is scheduled to appear in Boston Court on March 29.
Huffman paid $ 15,000 disguised as charitable donations so that their daughter could participate in the cheating scam of a college entrance exam, according to court documents.
Sofia, their 18-year-old daughter, is an emerging actress attending Los Angeles High School of the Arts. She would have had twice the normal amount of time to take the SAT test, and her supervisor would have been paid to correct her answers after completing the test.
In an interview earlier this year, Macy said her daughter's college application process was a "stressful" experience.
"My daughters are amazing women," Macy, 68, told Parade magazine. "They are really a joy, they are both booming, they have a life in front of them, but you can exhale a bit, they are 16 and 18 and they are good people." My daughter Sofia, the oldest , goes to LAHSA [Los Angeles High School of the Arts]. She thrives there. I know she will succeed in the business I support. I saw it; she is good, she is really good. "
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Huffman is one of at least 13 people, including actress Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, who were arrested as part of the alleged scam.
According to a criminal complaint, Loughlin is facing charges of conspiracy to commit postal fraud and honesty with honest services.
In total, 50 people – including more than 30 parents and nine coaches – were charged under this program, which involved bribing insiders to have their clients' children go to the best schools, the authorities said.
However, no student has been charged under this program. The authorities stated that, in many cases, adolescents were not aware of their parents' plans. Many of the colleges involved have made no mention of action against students.
Jennifer Earl, Jessica Sager, Sasha Savitsky, Mariah Haas and Stephen Sorace of Fox News contributed to this article.