Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among dozens charged in $25m U.S. college scam

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among dozens charged in $25m U.S. college scam

"And A.C.T. And second securing admission to elite colleges by bribing coaches at those schools to accept certain students under false pretenses", Andrew Lelling, U.S. Attorney for the District of MA, said in a press conference.

"Some of the parents are celebrities, like Lori Loughlin who played Aunt Becky on the sitcom Full House".

Singer was paid roughly $25 million by parents to help their children get in to schools, the United States attorney said.

"This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud", Lelling said.

"In many instances, the students taking the exams were unaware that their parents had arranged for this cheating", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Loughlin and actress Felicity Huffman are two of the dozens of wealthy parents accused in the alleged scheme that lasted almost a decade.

"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected", Mr Lelling said.

The racketeering conspiracy case includes the parents of applicants, ACT and SAT administrators, a test proctor, and coaches at universities including University of San Diego, UCLA, USC, Georgetown University, Stanford University, University of Texas, Wake Forest and Yale.

Some of the children were reportedly aware of the scheme but none have been charged. She is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

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Standing before the judge, Huffman made it clear she understood the charges before her.

A former Yale football coach pleaded guilty and helped build the case against others.

Authorities who accused dozens of super-wealthy parents of paying bribes to get their kids into elite USA colleges say the investigation isn't over.

Although Macy was not named in the indictment handed down on Tuesday, he was referred to in the documents as "Huffman's spouse" and allegedly participated in a consultation about the cheating scheme.

It's alleged that she arranged to use the scheme again for her younger daughter, but decided against it. Huffman's husband, William H. Macy, was not arrested, but was in court.

Lelling explained, "Numerous parents paid Singer between $15,000 and $75,000 to have someone either take the exam for their child or to correct their child's answers afterwards".

Federal agents accused the "Full House" actress and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, of paying half-a-million dollars for their two daughters to be labeled as recruits to the USC crew team even though the students were not rowers.

Following the arrest, Deadline reports the actress has been released on bail having to pay a $250,000 bond and surrendering her passport whilst also staying at the Los Angeles courthouse for the time being.

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