Watch: Desperate moms game the system in 'College Admissions Scandal' teaser

Sept. 7 (UPI) — Lifetime’s fact-based movie The College Admissions Scandal is set to debut on Oct. 12.

The drama stars Penelope Ann Miller, Mia Kirshner and Michael Shanks.

“When charismatic college admissions consultant Rick Singer offers a side door into the prestigious institutions of their dreams, Caroline and Bethany willingly partake with visions of coveted acceptance letters in their heads. But when Singer cooperates with the FBI and pleads guilty, the mothers who risked everything for their kids, must face the consequences of their crimes and the loss of trust and respect from their families,” the cable network said in a press release last month.

A teaser released Friday shows the lengths some parents went to to get their teens into prestigious universities.

In the minute-long preview, Miller’s character can be heard telling her child, “We did this because we thought we were helping you,” before she was led away in handcuffs by police.

In real life on Friday, federal prosecutors in Massachusetts lowered their recommended sentence for actress Felicity Huffman from four months to one month for her guilty plea in the college admissions scandal.

Huffman pleaded guilty in May to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud for agreeing to pay Singer thousands of dollars to help her daughter with her college admissions process.

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