Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Charged in College Admission Scam

Carla Harmon
March 13, 2019

College coaches and two Hollywood actresses are among dozens indicted in a sweeping admissions bribery case unsealed in federal court Tuesday.

Before Felicity Huffman was indicted as part of a nationwide college admission cheating scandal, the actress was busy visiting college campuses with her daughter.

Loughlin, best known for her role in the sitcom Full House and the recent Netflix sequel Fuller House, is married to clothing company founder Mossimo Giannulli, who was also charged in the scheme.

"In subsequent e-mails, (they) agreed to tell the high school counselor that Huffman's daughter would take the SAT at a different location (during a weekend) so that she would not miss any school", prosecutors wrote.

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

According to charging documents obtained by ABC, the suspects allegedly bribed a California man up to $6 million to get their children into top-tier colleges, including Yale, Stanford, and USC. Prosecutors alleged that the organization "bribed college coaches to help admit the students into college as recruited athletes, regardless of their actual ability", according to CNN.

Huffman was arrested at her Los Angeles home on Tuesday morning.

Singer helped pay individuals money to take the exams or help improve their scores after.

From 2011 to 2018, Lelling said wealthy parents made about $25 million in payments to guarantee their children's admission to elite schools, and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents wiretapped phone calls involving some of the parents and a cooperating witness.

Huffman starred on the ABC hit show "Desperate Housewives".

The alleged masterminds of scam and parents who paid into it could all face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Defendant William Singer was paid roughly $25 million dollars by parents to help their children get in to schools.

Caplan was accused of paying $75,000 to get a test supervisor to correct the answers on her daughter's ACT exam after she took it. Loughlin's two daughters were allegedly designated as recruits for USC's crew team - even though neither girl had ever participated in crew.

Wake Forest said in a statement it had placed head volleyball coach Bill Ferguson on administrative leave after he was among the coaches accused of accepting bribes.

University of Texas at Austin tennis coach Michael Center.

"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.

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