Felicity Huffman says she's pleading guilty in a college bribery scandal that rocked both Hollywood and the rest of the nation. 

"I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done," the former "Desperate Housewives" star said in a Monday statement. 


"I am ashamed of the pain I have caused my daughter, my family, my friends, my colleagues and the educational community," Huffman's statement said. "I want to apologize to them and, especially, I want to apologize to the students who work hard every day to get into college, and to their parents who make tremendous sacrifices to support their children and do so honestly."

Huffman and "Full House" star Lori Loughlin were among more than 40 people charged last month in what was called the "largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice."

Those allegedly involved in the scam, dubbed "Operation Varsity Blues," sought to get students admitted to colleges and universities by forging athletic records, bribing coaches and cheating on college entrance exams, according to authorities. 

In charging documents, authorities had said 56-year-old Huffman had paid $15,000 as part of an SAT cheating scheme in which a proctor would correct her older daughter's answers after she took the exam. 

Huffman was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The charges reportedly carry a sentence of up to five years in prison.

Twelve other parents charged as part of the case have pleaded guilty.

In her statement, Huffman said her daughter knew "absolutely nothing" about the actress' actions. The performer said of her daughter, "This transgression toward her and the public I will carry for the rest of my life. My desire to help my daughter is no excuse to break the law or engage in dishonesty."

Updated at 3:45 p.m.