Saturday, 23 March, 2019

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

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They allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their kids into prestigious colleges including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC.

Huffman is scheduled to appear in federal court in Boston on Friday, March 29. According to court records, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, the creator of clothing brand Mossimo, "agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team" even though they did not participate in crew.

Meanwhile, William "Rick" Singer, 58, was charged racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud U.S. and obstruction of justice for his alleged involvement in the scheme. E!

Loughlin appeared in the sitcom Full House, and Huffman starred in Desperate Housewives. A source told ABC that Loughlin was in Canada filming a Hallmark Channel Original Movie.

On Tuesday afternoon, another actress, Felicity Huffman, made a brief court appearance in Los Angeles.

Prosecutors say the coaches were bribed to indicate students were being considered as athletic recruits, because universities "typically apply different criteria when evaluating applications from students with demonstrated athletic abilities".

Though prosecutors say most emails were from Giannulli, Loughlin was included and commented on some of them.

Actress Lori Loughlin was released on $1-million bail Wednesday after being taken into custody as part of a sweeping college admissions corruption scandal.

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Perhaps most critically, they'll also have to answer for whether qualified students were denied entry into their programs in lieu of the children of the rich and famous.

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

The unsealed documents allege that Huffman and her husband, William H. Macy, "made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000...to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter".

"Singer worked with parents to fabricate impressive athletic profiles for their kids including fake athletic credentials or honors or fake participation in elite club themes", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday.

John Vandemoor, a former Stanford University sailing coach who worked with Singer, also pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy. "Here, [the documents suggest that the FBI] has recordings of phone calls with Ms. Huffman discussing the arrangement, including how the organization planned to hide the $15,000 as a charitable donation".

The parents were then advised to choose one of two test centres that Singer's company said it had control over: one in Houston, Texas, and the other in West Hollywood, California.

In that case, several people were charged past year with securities fraud for artificially inflating the value of stocks.

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