Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slams Felicity Huffman's lenient prison sentence amid reports actress could face just 0-6 months

Last week it was announced that Felicity Huffman intends to strike a plea deal for her involvement in the college admissions fraud scheme Operation Varsity Blues, in which she’s accused of paying $15,000 to have her daughter Sophia’s SAT scores falsified.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has weighed in on Operation Varsity Blues. (Photo: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Many are speculating over how much jail time the actress is facing, with federal prosecutors reportedly recommending a sentencing guideline of four to 10 months. Now comes word that the former Desperate Housewives star could face no more than six months.

That’s not good enough for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The freshman congresswoman responded to NBC News investigative journalist Tom Winter’s tweet about Huffman potentially getting a sentence of zero to six months by pointing out the double standards for criminals of “wealth and privilege.”

Felicity Huffman is pleading guilty to paying to have her daughter's SAT scores fixed. (Photo: AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The New York Democrat accused the justice system — which she called a “class enforcement system” — of treating people of color and low-income citizens more harshly than those, like Huffman, with power and money.

Many agreed with the politician’s comment about Huffman.

Others dismissed her argument, with several claiming that the dropped charges against Jussie Smollett, who is black, proved that getting a slap on the wrist wasn’t about race or white privilege.

And many commenters said that Huffman doesn’t necessarily deserve a long sentence.

Winter, the reporter whose tweet prompted Ocasio-Cortez’s comment, pointed out that — while many may want to see Huffman punished for trying to cheat the system — her participation in the SAT fraud was relatively minor. By comparison, Lori Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli could each face up to 40 years — though five is more likely — in prison because they allegedly spent $500,000 on fraudulently getting their two daughters into college.

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