Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Indicted in College Admissions Scam

Carla Harmon
March 12, 2019

Some 33 parents, including Huffman and Loughlin, were charged, as well as 13 coaches and associates of Singer's business.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 19: Felicity Huffman attends Raising Our Voices: Supporting More Women in Hollywood & Politics at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills on February 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Meredith coordinated with William Rick Singer, who operated a for-profit college counseling service that, the feds found, regularly paid bribes to college coaches either directly or through donations to the program to create fake recruiting profiles.

"There can be no separate college admission for the wealthy", Lelling said, adding that "honest, genuinely talented students were rejected".

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

A former Yale soccer coach pleaded guilty and helped build the case against others.

"These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege", Lelling said. The real victims, he said, are the "hard-working students who did everything they could" to get accepted into those schools, but "ended up being shut out because far less qualified students and their families bought their way in".

"Ruh Ro! Looks like [my daughter's high school] wants to provide own proctor", Huffman wrote, according to court records.

The press conference also revealed it's unclear if any of the students involved can be charged, according to The Boston Globe.

In most cases, the students did not know their admission to the schools was contingent on a bribe. That, in turn, boosted the students' chances of admission. "They include, for example, CEOs of private and public companies, successful securities and real estate investors, two well-known actresses, a famous fashion designer, and the co-chairman of a global law firm".

Other parents paid bribes of up to $6 million for the scam admissions, ABC News reported.

Prominent local college coaches are among those the United States Justice Department indicted Tuesday in Boston on racketeering-conspiracy charges related to college-admissions bribery.

According to TMZ, "Full House" star Lori Loughlin and "Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman were also charged along with 48 others.

Those arrested in the scam are facing charges in federal courthouses across the country on either mail fraud or racketeering charges.

"Ultimately, Huffman's daughter received a score of 1420 in the SAT, an improvement of approximately 400 points over her PSAT", federal officials alleged, according to WCVB. A confidential informant told investigators that he told Huffman he could arrange for a third party to correct her daughter's answers on the SAT after she took it.

Macy was not charged; authorities did not say why.

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