Harvard grad at center of admissions scandal to face judge

Mark Riddell is expected to plead guilty for his role in faking standardized test scores for wealthy students, including the daughter of actress Felicity Huffman.
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The latest on the college admissions scandal. The Harvard grad at the center of the scheme is set to plead guilty this afternoon in his role for faking standardized test scores for students including felicity Huffman's daughter. Reporter: He is the 36-year-old test taking genius who reportedly raked in $230,000 for changing test answers for college-bond students. Mark Riddell has apologized for his involvement in this massive college admissions scheme and today plans to enter guilty pleas on two counts for what he has called needless actions. He was once touted for his tutoring prowess and skills on the ten his team. This morning mark Riddell is gearing up for a match at a much different court, federal court, as he plans to plead guilty to mail fraud and money laundering charges for his involvement as the go-to standardized test taker in the varsity blues scandal. According to prosecutors, Riddell worked for this man, singer, the alleged mastermind behind the multi-million dollar college cheating scheme. Getting into the right college will set the trajectory for the rest of your son or daughter's life. Don't leave it to chance. Reporter: Authorities claim singer paid Riddell about $10,000 a pop to either take college entrance exams for his clients' children or correct their answers afterward. He was just a really smart guy. He did not have inside information about the correct answers. He was just smart enough to get a near perfect score on demand. Reporter: Court documents point to actress felicity Huffman as just one of the parents who used Riddell's services. Riddell allegedly flying from his home in Tampa to Los Angeles to proctor the S.A.T. For Huffman's oldest daughter Sophia in 2017. Ultimately raising her score to a 1420, about a 400 point increase from her sat exam. Huffman, who is now pleading guilty, says her daughter knew absolutely nothing about her actions. Prosecutors say last July author Jane Buckingham claimed her son was too sick to travel to take his act. Riddell flew to Houston to take the test on his behalf. Buckingham even providing Riddell this handwriting sample from her son and requesting a sample test to have her son take at home so that he would believe he had taken the test. Riddell achieved a score of 35 out of 36. Buckingham has also pleaded guilty. Prior to his arrest, Riddell was an alum and director of the college entrance exam preparation at the prestigious img academy in Florida. Riddell saying in a statement, I'm profoundly sorry for the damage I've done and grief but denying any bribery, saying I absolutely never bribed anyone Riddell was terminated from img academy. They say none of its students or parents were involved in the scheme. He could face as many as 20 years behind bars and a quarter of a million dollar fine but prosecutors are recommending a punishment at the lower end of the guidelines. Linsey, thank you. Coming up, a power pole

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