Hypocrisy, privilege and bribes: Celebrities caught in college admissions fraud scandal

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin indicted in alleged Ivy League college admissions scheme

At the center of the scheme was admissions consultant William "Rick" Singer, founder of the Edge College & Career Network of Newport Beach, California, authorities said. Her husband has yet to be charged with anything, and it's unclear if he ever will be.

Actress Lori Loughlin Loughlin will be booked at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Los Angeles over the college admissions scandal. Giannulli was released Tuesday after posting a $1 million bond.

Court documents said Ms Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation so her daughter could take part in the college entrance exam cheating scam. In an open letter, Mamet said: "That a parent's zeal for her children's future may have overcome her better judgment for a moment is not only unfortunate, it is, I know we parents would agree, a universal phenomenon".

The largest college admissions fraud scam unearthed in USA history was run out of a small college preparation company in Newport Beach, California, that relied on bribes, phoney test takers and even doctored photos depicting non-athletic applicants as elite competitors to land college slots for the offspring of rich parents, prosecutors said.

Loughlin, who is known for portraying Aunt Becky on "Full House" and for starring in numerous Hallmark Channel movies, will appear in court again in Boston on March 29.

Big names such as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin headlined the list of about 50 people charged in documents released on Tuesday that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools.

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Loughlin was taken into custody by FBI agents in Los Angeles on Wednesday morning, Laura Eimiller, a spokeswoman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, said. Dozens, including Huffman, the Emmy-winning star, were reportedly arrested by midday.

"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected", Lelling said.

The alleged masterminds of the scam and parents who paid into it could all face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Loughlin and Giannulli are accused of paying half-a-million dollars to have their two daughters, who are not rowers, designated as recruits for the University of Southern California crew team.

Stanford's sailing coach John Vandemoer pleaded guilty Tuesday in Boston. A former Yale soccer coach reportedly pleaded guilty and helped build the case against others.

The colleges themselves are not targets, the prosecutor said.

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