Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and Full House mainstay Lori Loughlin are among 50 individuals charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in relation to an alleged fraud scheme to secure admissions for students at elite American universities.
The bribes reportedly went has high as $6 million.
Prosecutors said the Giannullis then paid $50,000 to a USC athletics administrator, Donna Heinel, who presented their daughter "to the USC subcommittee for athletic admissions as a purported crew recruit".
Loughlin and her husband, designer Mossimo Giannulli, agreed to pay bribes of US$500,000 (S$670,000) in a scheme that involved cheating on college entrance exams to help their daughters, Isabella and Olivia Giannulli, get into the University of Southern California, according to court documents.
Huffman and fellow TV star Lori Loughlin were among 33 wealthy parents charged in the scheme.
Heinel and Huffman were arrested Tuesday morning and were expected to be charged Tuesday afternoon.
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.
Huffman is accused of paying $US15,000 ($21,175) - disguised as a charitable donation - to the Key Worldwide Foundation so her oldest daughter could participate in the scam.
Loughlin, best known for her role in the sitcom "Full House", and Huffman, who starred in the ABC hit show "Desperate Housewives", were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.
Mr Singer also allegedly helped parents stage photographs of their children playing sports or even Photoshopped children's faces onto images of athletes downloaded from the internet to exaggerate their athletic credentials.
"We're not talking about donating a building so a school is more likely to take your son or daughter, we're talking about deception or fraud", Lelling said.
In one case, Singer allegedly adjusted the resume and personal statement of a candidate to falsely describe the individual as the co-captain of a prominent club soccer team in Southern California, despite the fact that the applicant did not play competitive soccer.
"The parents and other defendants are clearly the prime movers in this fraud".
"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.
The indictment says the girl received a score of 1420 on her SAT ... an improvement of approximately 400 points over her PSAT.