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(COMBO) This combination of pictures created on March 12, 2019 shows US actress Felicity Huffman(L) attending the Showtime Emmy Eve Nominees Celebration in Los Angeles on September 16, 2018 and actress Lori Loughlin arriving at the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on January 18, 2017. - Two Hollywood actresses including Oscar-nominated "Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman are among 50 people indicted in a nationwide university admissions scam, court records unsealed in Boston on March 12, 2019 showed. The accused, who also include chief executives, allegedly cheated to get their children into elite schools, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.Huffman, 56, and Lori Loughlin, 54, who starred in "Full House," are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. (Photos by LISA O'CONNOR and Tommaso Boddi / AFP) (Photo credit should read LISA O'CONNOR,TOMMASO BODDI/AFP/Getty Images)

More details on the college bribe scam

Federal authorities charged dozens of people, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, in a sweeping admissions bribery case Tuesday. The charges were unsealed Tuesday against coaches and others, and involved several elite schools, including Wake Forest UniversityStanfordYaleGeorgetown and University of Southern California.

Huffman and Loughlin (and the 50+ others) are being charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. The alleged fraud was organized by a California businessman who promised to help kids get into the school of their choice, by enlisting SAT/ACT administrators and college coaches. According to TMZ, court records show the stars—and others—shelled out as much as $6 million to get their kids into these schools.

“Dozens of individuals involved in a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities as purported athletic recruits were arrested by federal agents in multiple states and charged in documents unsealed on March 12, 2019, in federal court in Boston,” a release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Massachusettssays.

Huffman was reportedly arrested Tuesday and will be released on bond. Huffman and her husband William H. Macy reportedly made a charitable contribution of $15K to participate in a college entrance cheating scheme. Macy was not arrested. (Their daughter reportedly received a 1420 on her SAT, an uptick of 400 points from her PSAT). Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli(the founder of the Mossimo clothing brand) allegedly shelled out $500K to have their two girls designated as recruits of USC. One of their daughters, Olivia Jade, is a prominent social media influencer. Both Olivia and her older sister Isabella Rose are still currently students at USC. Their fates, and those of the other students in the scandal, are unknown.

Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunty Becky on Full House, took a flight to L.A. Tuesday and surrendered at the Central District Court. At least 13 defendants, including Huffman and Giannulli, appeared in federal court in L.A. late in the day Tuesday.

FAST FACTS:

  • William Rick Singer, the man allegedly ran the scheme, has pleaded guilty to racketeering, money laundering, tax conspiracy and obstruction of justice. He faces up to 65 years in prison.
  • Georgetown, Yale, Stanford, Northeastern and UCLA released statements condemning the schemes. Said Georgetown: “Georgetown University is deeply disappointed to learn that former Tennis Coach, Gordon Ernst, is alleged to have committed criminal acts against the University that constitute an unprecedented breach of trust. Mr. Ernst has not coached our tennis team since Dec. 2017, following an internal investigation that found he had violated University rules concerning admissions. Georgetown cooperated fully with the government’s investigation. We are reviewing the details of the indictment and will take appropriate action.”

More info:

https://www.tmz.com/2019/03/12/felicity-huffman-lori-loughlin-arrested-college-admissions-bribery-scam/

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