Actresses Huffman, Loughlin charged in college admissions case


The charges involved 33 parents "who paid enormous sums to guarantee their children's admissions to certain schools through the use of bribes and fake academic and athletic credentials", Lelling said.

In one case, " the head women's soccer coach at Yale was paid $400,000 to accept a student even though the applicant did not play soccer.

Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents according to Andrew Lelling, the US Attorney for MA.

Authorities say parents would pay him a predetermined amount, with full knowledge of what they were doing.

Bribes reportedly ranged from a few thousand dollars to up to $6 million.

Both Huffman and Loughlin are said to be in police custody, according to a report by New York Daily News.

Full House actress Lori Loughlin was also charged for allegedly giving $500,000 to say her child was part of the rowing team, when that was not true, the indictment states. In the case of Huffman's daughter, she was given twice the amount of time usually given to students taking the SAT, and a proctor later corrected her wrong answers.

The FBI recorded phone calls involving the celebrities and a cooperating witness, according to the criminal complaint. The person told investigators that the couple agreed to the plan.

Actor William H. Macy arrives at the LA Premiere of "Room" held at the Pacific Design Center in West Hollywood, Calif., on October 13, 2015. A rep for Huffman did not immediately return our request for comment.

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among dozens of parents, sports coaches and college prep executives accused of carrying out a national conspiracy to get students into prestigious colleges, according to a massive federal indictment.

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

In the 200-page document, it's stated that Huffman and her husband (actor William H. Macy) "made a purported charitable contribution of $15, participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter".

Along with the parents, coaches and administrators of college entrance exams were also arrested.

Mr Singer is expected to plead guilty on Tuesday in Boston federal court to charges including racketeering, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.