Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin charged in college entrance bribery scheme

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Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and Full House mainstay Lori Loughlin are among 50 individuals charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in relation to an alleged fraud scheme to secure admissions for students at elite American universities.

The parents paid bribes for administrators to doctor their kids' admissions exams and paid coaches to recruit students as athletes even if they did not end up playing sports in college, Lelling said.

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. Both Loughlin and Huffman went through Singer to gain admissions into colleges for their children, authorities said.

Court documents said Ms Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation so her daughter could take part in the college entrance exam cheating scam.

Court papers said a co-operating witness met Huffman and her husband, actor William H Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained the scam to them.

As for Loughlin, she and her husband - Mossimo Giannulli, the founder of Mossimo clothing - allegedly paid $500,000 to have their 2 daughters designated as recruits for the crew team at USC ... despite the fact they did not actually participate in crew.

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Singer pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice.

Rudy Meredith, who resigned last fall as the winningest women's soccer coach in Yale University history, was among nine coaches indicted.

Mossimo Guannulli and Loughlin were among almost 50 charged in the $25m scheme which involved families paying their way into elite schools including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford, along with USC. Authorities claim parents would pay him a predetermined amount, with full knowledge of what they were doing.

The actress, who is married to William H. Macy, is expected to appear in a Boston court on March 29 for a preliminary hearing into the case. "Your parents' actions robbed a student from a position at this university".

Dozens of people, including prominent celebrities, are facing charges in connection with a nationwide college admissions cheating scandal.

The co-operator told investigators that Huffman and her spouse "agreed to the plan". Representatives for Loughlin and Huffman did not immediately return requests for comment.