Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among 40 charged in college cheating scheme

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among 40 charged in college cheating scheme

On Tuesday, ABC News reported that 50 individuals, including actresses Lori Loughlin (Full House) and Felicity Hoffman (Desperate Housewives), along with dozens of CEOs and other high ranking business executives, were charged in a wide-reaching college admissions scam, in which they allegedly gamed the system.

The Associated Press reports the case revolves around an admissions consultant who was paid $25 million over the past eight years to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as recruited athletes to boost their chances of getting into schools.

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among the more than 40 people arrested for paying bribes to get their children into elite schools, including Georgetown, Stanford, UCLA and Yale.

Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated, as well as parents and exam administrators, the release says.

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Huffman "made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 ... to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter", according to the 200-page legal documents. 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.

Huffman and Loughlin are among those charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

The documents allege that Loughlin and her husband "agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team - despite the fact that they did not participate in crew - thereby facilitating their admission to USC". Loughlin's husband, Mossimo Giannulli, has also been charged.

Federal agents secretly recorded telephone calls with Huffman and a cooperating witness, according to the court papers.

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