Saturday, 23 March, 2019

Felicity Huffman Among Stars Charged In Huge College Admissions Fraud Case

Lori Loughlin Charged in Bribery Scheme Bragged About Daughter Getting Into College Actresses, CEO's among those arrested in college admissions scam
Angelica Greene | 13 March, 2019, 14:40

Authorities called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department. He would then steer the money to one of two places: either an SAT or ACT administrator, or a college athletic coach.

They said fake athletic profiles were also made to make students look like strong high school athletes when they actually weren't.

That, and a few hundred thousand dollars.

Huffman was taken into custody without incident in Los Angeles this morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation told Inside Edition, while an arrest warrant was served this morning at Loughlin's residence but she was not home.

On Tuesday morning, seven federal agents turned up at Huffman's house with "guns drawn" to arrest her, TMZ reports.

Ms Huffman, a former best actress Oscar nominee, who is married to fellow actor William H Macy, starred in the ABC TV series Desperate Housewives. The charges include conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

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Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are two of the 33 parents and almost 50 people charged in the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted by the Justice Department.

On Tuesday, some social media users defended her, saying that she might not have been aware of the scheme.

As noted by The New York Times, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli's daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli had previously faced hate online after she said in a video on her YouTube channel that she was really only interested in going to college for the experience of "gamedays" and "partying". The consultant also hired ringers to take college entrance exams for students, and paid off insiders at testing centers to correct students' answers. Loughlin and her husband allegedly agreed to pay $500,000 in bribes to get both of their daughters designated as potential crew team recruits for USC.

Mr Meredith, who accepted a $400,000 bribe from Mr Singer, is due to plead guilty, prosecutors said. Huffman allegedly discussed a similar scheme for her younger daughter but ultimately decided against it.

"We're not talking about donating a building so a school is more likely to take your son or daughter, we're talking about deception or fraud", Lelling said.

The coaches worked at schools such as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles. Roughly $25 million in bribes were paid out by parents between 2011 and 2018.

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