Actresses Huffman, Loughlin among dozens charged in alleged college cheating scam

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin

Actresses Huffman, Loughlin among dozens charged in alleged college cheating scam

"The federal government has alleged that USC is a victim in a scheme perpetrated against the university by a long-time Athletics Department employee, one current coach and three former coaching staff, who were allegedly involved in a college admissions scheme and have been charged by the government on multiple charges", Austin said.

Huffman and Loughlin are both facing charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud.

The indictment unsealed in Boston says 33 wealthy parents, including the two actresses, bribed college entrance exam administrators to get their children into Ivy-league and other high-profile schools.

- Between 2011-2018 prosecutors allege parents paid the consultant $25 million to bribe coaches and college administrators to designate their children as student athletes or member of other groups given favored admission status.

Coaches, CEOs and celebrities are caught up in allegations that bribes were paid to get their children into top schools, including Yale, Stanford, USC, the University of Texas and Georgetown.

From 2011 to 2018, Lelling said wealthy parents made about $25 million in payments to guarantee their children's admission to elite schools, and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents wiretapped phone calls involving some of the parents and a cooperating witness.

The FBI's Boston office said on Twitter that dozens of people have been charged in the nationwide college admissions cheating and recruitment scandal. Representatives for Loughlin had no comment. Along with the parents, coaches and administrators of college entrance exams were also arrested. Loughlin's husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was charged with the same felony as well as honest services mail fraud.

College coaches and others have been charged in a sweeping admissions bribery case unsealed in federal court. At least two San Diegans were also named in the indictment.

Singer also paid coaches to designate unqualified applicants as athletes and would sometimes help families fabricate a profile for their children, including using Photoshop to digitally alter stock photos with an applicant's face, the USA attorney said. For Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the sitcom Full House, agents obtained emails from her that allegedly show her involvement in the scam. Payments averaged between $200,000 to $400,000, though in one instance, a parent paid Singer $6.5 million to facilitate their child's admission into college.

"The alleged scam centered around a man in California who ran a business helping students get into the college of their choice".

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