Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman charged in wild college admissions cheating scheme

Lori Loughlin felicity huffman college admission scandal

The accused parents reportedly sought to help their children get admitted to schools including University of California - Los Angeles, University of Southern California, and University of Texas.

Loughlin, best known for her role in the sitcom "Full House", and Huffman, best known for her role on TV's "Desperate Housewives", were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

William "Rick" Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network, pleaded guilty to charges in a nationwide college admissions bribery scandal.

Prosecutors alleged Tuesday dozens of parents, test administrators and college coaches who were involved in a widespread effort to rig college admissions processes were actually conducting two different types of schemes - a standardized cheating operation and a college acceptance scam.

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Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were involved in the scheme, with Loughlin attempting to pay $500,000 to get her daughters into USC by pretending they were recruits for the crew team and Huffman paid $15,000 to help her daughter cheat on the Saturday.

Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to an organization that then facilitated cheating for her daughter on the SATs, the indictment said.

He said part of the charges were related to securing admission to elite colleges by bribing coaches under false pretenses. A confidential informant told investigators that he told Huffman he could arrange for a third party to correct her daughter's answers on the SAT after she took it.

- Nine coaches are accused, including former Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith; UCLA soccer coach Jorge Salcedo, Wake Forest volleyball coach Bill Ferguson and Stanford sailing coach John Vandemoer. Along with the parents, coaches and administrators of college entrance exams were also arrested.

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Lelling said Singer used Key Worldwide Foundation as a front for parents to pay for the services.

Singer also fabricated "impressive athletic profiles" for applicants to apply as athletes - knowing full well that universities have allocated slots for students who play sports.

Both were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud in indictments unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Boston.

Singer funneled bribe payments to her through Fox, court documents allege, but in July 2018 Singer sent her a $5,000 check directly.

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Prosecutors said the Giannullis then paid $50,000 to a USC athletics administrator, Donna Heinel, who presented their daughter "to the USC subcommittee for athletic admissions as a purported crew recruit".

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