Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin and college coaches indicted in admissions bribery case

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin and college coaches indicted in admissions bribery case

Loughlin's husband, the designer Mossimo Giannulli, was also arrested, along with 30 other parents, nine college coaches, two SAT/ACT administrators, an exam proctor and a college administrator.

Actress Lori Loughlin, center, poses with daughters Olivia Jade Giannulli, left, and Isabella Rose Giannulli. Meredith, authorities say, accepted bribes to bring Yale applicants onto the team "regardless of their athletic ability".

Prosecutors said parents paid an admissions consultant from 2011 until last month to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as recruited athletes, to alter test scores and to have others take online classes to boost their children's chances of getting into schools.

"Singer worked with the parents to fabricate impressive athletic profiles for their kids", Lelling said, adding that in some cases students faces were placed, using the image editing program Photoshop, onto the bodies of athletes.

The internet still won't shut up about Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin being among the 50 people charged in an investigation into affluent parents who cheated and bribed their children into elite colleges.

Federal agents say they have recorded telephone calls with Huffman and a cooperating witness.

Prosecutors said it was up to the universities what to do with students admitted through cheating.

According to USA Today, "Full House" fans shared surprised and scared reactions to the news since Loughlin played Aunt Becky in the '90s sitcom.

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Stanford fired Vandemoer, UCLA suspended its soccer coach, and Wake Forest did the same with its volleyball coach.

Neither of Loughlin's daughters participated in crew. They are accused of paying collectively over 25 million dollars to William Singer, the ringleader who is said to have advised parents to photoshop pictures of their children excelling at sport, or have them diagnosed with learning difficulties so they took exams under special conditions. Huffman allegedly discussed a similar scheme for her younger daughter but ultimately decided against it.

Huffman allegedly "made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000... to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter".

John Vandemoor, a former Stanford University sailing coach, is also scheduled to plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy charges.

Other prominent individuals indicted in the scheme include William McGlashan, the CEO of a private equity firm, and Jane Buckingham, the president of a Los Angeles marketing firm.

A rep for Loughlin told Yahoo Entertainment US she didn't immediately have a comment while Huffman and Macy's spokesperson has not yet responded to our inquiry.

"The Department of Justice believes that Yale has been the victim of a crime perpetrated by its former women's soccer coach", Yale said in a statement.

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