Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among dozens of people charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in an elite college admission scheme, documents unsealed Tuesday in Boston revealed.
Division I coaches from Georgetown, Stanford, Texas, UCLA, USC, Wake Forest and Yale are among at least 50 people who have been federally indicted for their roles in a $25 million college admissions scandal.
The charges involved 33 parents "who paid enormous sums to guarantee their children's admissions to certain schools through the use of bribes and fake academic and athletic credentials", Lelling said.
Prosecutors also said parents paid an admissions consultant upwards of $25 million from 2011 through February 2019 to bribe coaches/administrators to label their kids as recruited athletes to increase their chances of getting into the schools mentioned (above). Loughlin, authorities say, paid $500,000 to have both her daughters recruited by USC's crew team, even though neither are rowers.
He was indicted for conspiracy to commit racketeering.
This combination of pictures created on March 12, 2019 shows USA 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.
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The parents were then advised to choose one of two test centers that Singer's company said they have control over: one in Houston, Texas, and the other in West Hollywood, California.
The complaint alleges that the children of a cooperating witnesses' clients submitted fraudulently obtained exam scores as part of their applications to universities around the country, which included Boston College, Boston University, and Northeastern.
In many cases, the students were not aware that their parents had arranged for the cheating, prosecutors said.
Although some coaches are among the accused, the universities were not involved in the scam, prosecutors say.
Huffman most recently appeared in Season 2 of Epix's Get Shorty, and she'll next be seen in Ava DuVernay's Netflix miniseries When They See Us, which drops May 31.
Loughlin and Huffman (as well as Macy) have yet to issue a statement or comment upon the charges.