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

Felicity Huffman's Bond Set at $250,000 in College Admission Scandal

Felicity Huffman's Bond Set at $250,000 in College Admission Scandal

Huffman is accused of making a fake charitable donation of $15,000 "to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter", according to prosecutors, who included transcripts of wiretapped conversations between Huffman and a witness in charging documents.

"Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman and fellow Hollywood actress Lori Loughlin are among dozens indicted in a $25m scam to help their children cheat their way into top U.S. universities.

The racketeering conspiracy charges unveiled Tuesday were also brought against athletic coaches at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown University and the University of Southern California. "Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so". Huffman was arrested and released, with her attorney stating "she is not the kind of person who is going to become an worldwide fugitive over this matter" in this Fox News report.

The scandal is certain to inflame longstanding complaints that children of the wealthy and well-connected have the inside track in college admissions - sometimes through big, timely donations from their parents - and that privilege begets privilege.

Prosecutors say the coaches were bribed to indicate students were being considered as athletic recruits, because universities "typically apply different criteria when evaluating applications from students with demonstrated athletic abilities".

She has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud.

"Desperate Housewives" star Felicity Huffman appeared in Los Angeles federal court Tuesday on charges relating to a widespread college admissions bribery scheme. Macy was not among those charged Tuesday.

Test administrators in those centers took bribes of tens of thousands of dollars to allow Singer's clients to cheat, often by arranging to have wrong answers corrected or having another person take the exam. Singer would agree with parents beforehand roughly what score they wanted the child to get.

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"Stanford said Tuesday that Mr. Vandemoer had been fired", The Times report read.

Yale University and USC said in separate statements they were cooperating with investigators. The scam is said to have been discovered after authorities found a California businessman who ran an operation helping students get into the college of their choice.

Huffman was taken into custody without incident in Los Angeles this morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation told Inside Edition, while an arrest warrant was served this morning at Loughlin's residence but she was not home.

Parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee their children's admission, officials said.

"You know I can't talk about that", he told reporters.

Huffman's older daughter allegedly took the test in December 2017 and received a score of 1420. Meredith, who accepted a 400,000 US dollar bribe from Singer, is due to plead guilty, prosecutors said.

At the USC campus in Los Angeles, an athletic coach was accused of taking a bribe in return for arranging the admission of Loughlin's daughters in spots reserved for the crew team.

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