Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin Among 50 Charged in Massive College Admissions Scam
Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among 50 people accused by the FBI of allegedly taking part in the “largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice.”
“We have charged — being S.A.T. And A.C.T. and second, securing admission to elite colleges by bribing coaches at those schools to accept certain students under false pretenses,” Andrew Lelling, U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, said in a press conference.
“In return for bribes, these coaches agreed to pretend that certain applicants were recruited competitive athletes when in fact they were not, as the coaches knew the students athletic credentials were fabricated,” he explained. “Overall we have charged three people who organized these scams, two S.A.T. or A.C.T. Exam administrators, one exam proctor, one college administrator, nine coaches at elite schools and 33 parents who paid enormous sums to guarantee their children’s admission to certain schools through the use of bribes and fake academic and athletic credentials.”
Court documents allege “Huffman and her husband [actor 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. Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so,’ according to ABC 7.
Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team— despite the fact that they did not participate in crew — thereby facilitating their admission to USC,” court documents added.
Huffman is perhaps best known as a star of the long-running ABC series Desperate Housewives, while Loughlin is known for her role in the classic 90s sitcom Full House.
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