Felicity Huffman charged in a USA college cheating scam

Felicity Huffman charged in a USA college cheating scam

Hollywood, college athletics and the academic world collided Tuesday when federal prosecutors charged almost 50 people in a scheme where college coaches and administrators were bribed by parents to help kids get into elite schools around the country.

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among at least 40 people indicted in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal.

Loughlin, of Full House, and Huffman, of Desperate Housewives, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

As part of the scheme, parents would pay Singer to hire other people to take the SAT or ACT tests on behalf of their children to ensure their college admission. Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were created to give the false impression that applicants were student athletes (in many cases, the applicants had no athletic merit).

Coaches are accused of taking bribes to admit students at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown University and the University of Southern California.

Court documents say an admissions consulting company in California was paid $25 million from 2011 through February 2019 to help facilitate the bribes.

CNN is working to get comment from the actresses' representatives. Macy is not named in the indictment, but he is repeatedly refered to as Huffman's "spouse". Loughlin's husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was charged with the same felony as well as honest services mail fraud.

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The documents unsealed from the investigation - called Operation Varsity Blues - showed Tuesday that Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith is alleged to have helped non-recruits get into the prestigious Ivy League school by claiming they were recruits.

Federal authorities also charged current and former college coaches, administrators of college entrance exam, CEOs, and others in federal court.

Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 to an organization that then facilitated cheating for her daughter on the SATs, the indictment said.

The Full House star's Instagram also went abruptly silent, with all of her posts first disappearing before the entire profile evaporated.

William Rick Singer, who operated a college counseling and preparation business as well as a nonprofit, was identified by authorities as the ringleader of the scheme.

U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said at a press conference Tuesday that in other instances students faces were edited into photos of athletes.

Singer entered a guilty plea in Boston federal court Tuesday to charges that included racketeering conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

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