Actresses Huffman and Loughlin charged in college bribery case

Harkness Tower on the campus of Yale University in New Haven Conn

Harkness Tower on the campus of Yale University in New Haven Conn. Beth Harpaz AP

Felicity was scheduled to appear before a judge at 2pm PST after she was charged, along with 48 others, in a massive bribery scam involving some pretty elite colleges in the United States, according to court records unsealed in Boston federal court earlier today, which HollywoodLife has obtained. If their parents were any smart, they would've just taken the traditional route and bribed colleges to accept their children by making huge donations directly to the school.

They paid a bogus charity run by Californian William Singer more than $25 million over seven years both to arrange for people to fix SAT and ACT entrance exams for their children, and also to bribe university sports coaches to recruit their children, even when the children were not qualified to play at that level.

Some of the most prestigious and exclusive higher-education facilities in America, including Stanford University, Yale University, and UCLA, were allegedly targeted by the scheme.

William "Rick" Singer, 58, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to running the scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which charged from 100,000 USA dollars to as much as 2.5 million US dollars per child for the services, which were masked as contributions to a scam charity Singer runs.

Mr Lelling said it was the largest college admissions scam to be prosecuted by the Department of Justice.

Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 in bribes and fabricating photos showing their daughter as a competitive crew rower, in order to get her admission to the University of Southern California (USC).

Mr Singer would agree with parents beforehand roughly what score they wanted the child to get. And at U.S.C., Donna Heinel, a top athletic director, and Jovan Vavic, the men's and women's water polo coach, were terminated.

She's alleged to be involved in the scandal alongisde 46 others, including Full House star Lori Loughlin.

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The court documents also revealed that a cooperating witness met with Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained to them that he "controlled" a testing center and could have somebody secretly change her daughter's answers, according to AP.

Loughlin's daughter, Olivia Jade, attends USC and is known as a YouTube star.

Macy was not charged; authorities did not say why.

Georgetown told students that the coach arrested in their case, "has not coached our tennis team since December 2017, when he was placed on leave after the Office of Undergraduate Admissions identified irregularities in his recruitment practices and the University initiated an internal investigation".

Messages seeking comment from Huffman's representative were not immediately returned. Giannulli was released on a $1 million bond. A false athletic profile created for the student said she had been on China's junior national development soccer team.

If a student can't get into a university through entrance requirements, there are often backdoor ways from rich parents.

Sklarow, the independent education consultant unconnected to the case, said the scandal "certainly speaks to the fact that the admissions process is broken".

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