Felicity Huffman Among Stars Charged In Huge College Admissions Fraud Case

Felicity Huffman Among Stars Charged In Huge College Admissions Fraud Case

Felicity Huffman Among Stars Charged In Huge College Admissions Fraud Case

The bribes reportedly went has high as $6 million.

Loughlin turned herself in to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday morning and is scheduled for a court appearance in the afternoon, spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

She is expected to appear in a Boston courtroom March 29 to address the charges.

Full House star Lori Loughlin and her designer husband Mossimo Giannulli meanwhile are accused paid $500,000 to have their two daughters labelled as recruits to the USC crew rowing team, even though neither participated in the sport.

Huffman is best known for her role as Lynette Scavo on "Desperate Housewives". A source told ABC that Loughlin was in Canada filming a Hallmark Channel Original Movie.

Like Giannulli, who was released on $1 million bail Tuesday, Loughlin put up her home for collateral as part of the bond.

"I don't believe that the large contributions are getting people in", said Michael London, a co-author of "The New Rules of College Admissions".

The judge ruled Giannulli will be released on a $1 million dollar bond, securing the couple's home as bond. The consultant also hired ringers to take college entrance exams, and paid off insiders at testing centers to alter students' scores.

Authorities said the crimes date back to 2011, and the defendants used "bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children's admission" to numerous college and universities, including Georgetown, Yale, Stanford, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California, and the University of California Los Angeles, among others.

Fifty people - from Hollywood stars and top industry CEOs to college coaches and standardized test administrators - stand accused of participating in a scheme to cheat on admissions tests and admit to students to leading institutions as athletes regardless of their abilities, prosecutors revealed Tuesday in a federal indictment.

No students have been charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on.

Prosecutors say the organisations effectively worked as a single enterprise to get students into college using fake athletics credentials.

IMG Academy in Bradenton said late Tuesday that 36-year-old Mark Riddell has been suspended indefinitely. Huffman allegedly discussed a similar scheme for her younger daughter but ultimately decided against it.

Loughlin and Giannulli were charged on Tuesday, as well as more than 40 other people.

"You can say he's doing it, for this year I did [seven elite schools], we've done it everywhere", Singer had told him, according to court records. MA state criminal defense attorney Dakota Martin echoed Molari, telling HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY, that, the penalty for conspiracy to commit mail fraud, which Huffman and Loughlin are both charged with, could get them "up to 20 years in prison, a fine (up to $1 million if a financial institution is involved), or both".

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