Actresses Huffman, Loughlin among 50 charged in US college fraud scheme

Actresses Huffman, Loughlin among 50 charged in US college fraud scheme

Actresses Huffman, Loughlin among 50 charged in US college fraud scheme

Full House star Lori Loughlin and Golden Globe victor Felicity Huffman are charged with mail fraud in a shocking college admission scandal. Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were created to give the false impression that applicants were student athletes (in many cases, the applicants had no athletic merit).

That, and a few hundred thousand dollars. The former Desperate Housewives star looked extremely exhausted as she walked by a number of paparazzi waiting to take her picture.

Huffman opened the door early Tuesday morning to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who had their guns drawn, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a source familiar with the incident. Her husband, actor William H. Macy, is referred to in the indictment but has not been charged with any crime.

Ms Loughlin, best known for her role in the ABC 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.

Court documents say Huffman paid $15,000 she disguised as a charitable donation so her daughter could partake in the college entrance cheating scam.

Federal prosecutors released a massive federal indictment on Tuesday that showed these parents allegedly paid for a college prep organization to take entrance tests for them.

Another form of Singer's scheme involved paying off officials who administered the SATs, according to the criminal complaint.

"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. "Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so", according to the charging documents.

Prosecutors said Singer was scheduled to plead guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy.

The coaches worked at schools such as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Wake Forest, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and the University of California at Los Angeles.

Meanwhile, celebrities have jumped on social media to comment on the nationwide college admissions scam and the alleged involvement of two of their own, Huffman and Loughlin. "This alleged behavior is antithetical to the core values of our institutions, defrauds students and families, and has absolutely no place in American higher education".

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