Felicity Huffman, William H. Macy and Lori Loughlin headline college admissions scam

13 March, 2019, 00:16 | Author: Courtney Perry
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Loughlin, best known for her role in the sitcom "Full House", and Huffman, best known for her role on TV's "Desperate Housewives", were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

Singer advised Huffman, who is married to actor William H. Macy, to arrange for her daughter to be granted extra time for her SAT exam by having her certified as having a learning disability.

What happened: Lori Loughlin was among dozens of parents, college coaches and college prep executives who are accused of carrying out a national conspiracy to help students get into prestigious colleges in the U.S., CNN reports.

The scheme involved cheating on college admissions exams or faking a student's athletic credentials in order to gain admission into elite colleges like Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, and others, investigators revealed at a press conference Tuesday.

On a sport specific level, no one made out better in this scheme (until they got caught) than former Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith, who just so happened to resign in November of past year. Presumably the reason Huffman is being charged and not Macy as well is because Huffman is the one they have recorded phone calls of. Mr Giannuli was charged along with his wife, TMZ reported.

From 2011 through February 2019, parents paid an admissions consultant $25 million to bribe coaches and other administrators so their kids would get in.


Huffman and her husband allegedly gave about $15,000 to get their daughter into college, while Loughlin and her husband agreed to pay about $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters on USC's rowing team.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Boston described it as "a nationwide conspiracy that facilitated cheating on college entrance exams and the admission of students to elite universities".

He allegedly funneled some of that cash to his cohorts, including test proctors and college athletic coaches.

Federal agents obtained emails from Loughlin allegedly implicating her in the scam, according to the documents.

Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability. Her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was arrested at their home.

The court documents also noted that most of the students in these cases did not know about the bribes.

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