Felicity Huffman Among Stars Charged In Huge College Admissions Fraud Case

Carla Harmon
March 13, 2019

"Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman and fellow Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin are among dozens indicted in a $25m scam to help their children cheat their way into top United States universities.

The racketeering conspiracy case includes the parents of applicants, ACT and SAT administrators, a test proctor, and coaches at universities including University of San Diego, UCLA, USC, Georgetown University, Stanford University, University of Texas, Wake Forest and Yale.

A magistrate judge said Tuesday that actress Felicity Huffman - the "Desperate Housewives" star - can be released on $250,000 bail in a case in which she is accused of paying a bribe to secure her daughter's admission to college, AP reported.

The unsealed documents allege that Huffman and her husband, 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 allegedly discussed a similar scheme for her younger daughter but ultimately decided against it.

Singer pleaded guilty to charges related to running the scheme
Singer pleaded guilty to charges related to running the scheme

Huffman, Loughlin and dozens of wealthy executives and lawyers were charged with participating in a "large-scale, elaborate fraud" to create a "rigged system" at prominent colleges like Yale, USC, Stanford and UCLA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Huffman was in custody in Los Angeles, along with 11 others.

She's alleged to be involved in the scandal alongisde 46 others, including Full House star Lori Loughlin.

Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability.

He called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department.

The actor, who starred in the movie "Fargo" and now appears on TV in "Shameless", made the comments two months before his wife, Felicity Huffman, was among more than 30 parents charged in a sweeping college admissions bribery scam.

Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin was among the 50-plus people charged in a nationwide college admissions cheating and recruitment scheme on Tuesday, and Twitter took no time before commenting on the former Full House star's foray into the limelight.

Macy may have avoided being charged over the college admissions scandal because the incriminating emails were sent by his wife.

In many cases, the students were not aware their parents had arranged for the cheating, prosecutors said, although in other cases they knowingly took part.

"If I can make the comparison, there is a front door of getting in where a student just does it on their own, and then there's a back door where people go to institutional advancement and make large donations, but they're not guaranteed in", Singer said in The New York Times report.

Huffman's older daughter allegedly took the test in December 2017 and received a score of 1420.

Officials said initial court appearances are planned later on Tuesday. In an open letter, Mamet said: "That a parent's zeal for her children's future may have overcome her better judgment for a moment is not only unfortunate, it is, I know we parents would agree, a universal phenomenon".

"What is going to happen when they see his application, he'll be flagged as an athlete", Singer told him in a phone conversation recorded by investigators.

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