Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman among dozens charged over U.S. college bribery scheme

Lewis Collier
March 13, 2019

The internet still won't shut up about Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin being among the 50 people charged in an investigation into affluent parents who cheated and bribed their children into elite colleges.

According to the US-based media reports, Hollywood actresses Huffman and Lori Loughlin have been charged along with almost 50 other people in what the United States prosecutors say was a scheme in which wealthy parents paid bribes to get their children into some of the nation's most elite colleges by faking or facilitating ACT/SAT exams.

Coaches, including the women's soccer coach at Yale University and the sailing coach at Stanford University, took between $200,000 and $400,000 to accept the students onto their teams.

Prosecutors alleged Huffman met with a confidential witness who explained that he could control an SAT testing center and could arrange for someone to proctor her daughter's test and correct it. "Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so". She was then released on a signature bond, which meant she had promised to appear in court, according to TMZ. The parents bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into selective schools, authorities said.

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 to sports coaches, phony 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. Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was also charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Huffman and Loughlin were due to appear in federal court in Los Angeles later on Tuesday, prosecutors said.

The charging documents, unsealed in Boston federal court, are more than 200 pages long.

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It was unclear when the "Full House" star Loughlin would turn herself in.

"There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy and I will add there will not be a separate criminal justice system either", Lelling said at the press conference Tuesday. Neither of Loughlin's daughters participated in crew.

On Tuesday afternoon, Huffman made a brief court appearance.

The Fuller House actress and her husband allegedly paid $500,000 to have both of their daughters, Bella and Olivia, recruited for the crew team, a sport which they apparently don't play, at USC. They allegedly paid bribes of up to $6 million to get their kids into prestigious colleges including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and USC.

Meanwhile, celebrities have jumped on social media to comment on the nationwide college admissions scam and the alleged involvement of two of their own, Huffman and Loughlin.

None of the universities or the companies who run the tests were implicated, and none of the students involved were charged.

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