Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Felicity Huffman Released from Custody on $250K Bond Amid College Admissions Scam

Felicity Huffman Released from Custody on $250K Bond Amid College Admissions Scam

Other prominent parents charged by the Boston U.S. attorney's office include Felicity Huffman, the actress who starred in "Desperate Housewives"; Gordon Caplan, the co-chairman of worldwide law firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher; and Bill McGlashan Jr., who heads a buyout investment arm of private equity firm TPG Capital.

Meanwhile, Huffman has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Prosecutors allege that parents committed fraud to reserve places for their children at prestigious universities including Yale and Stanford.

The Full House star was taken into custody Wednesday morning after evidence came to light that she paid bribes to the University of Southern California in exchange for accepting her two daughters, Isabella and Olivia, as students. The actress "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.

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman, who has also been implicated in the scandal, was arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents at her home on Tuesday and later released on bail. Macy was not charged; authorities did not say why.

The actress was allowed to retain her passport for her work on a film project in British Columbia, NBC News reported.

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

The mastermind behind the plot, William "Rick" Singer, has pleaded guilty in the case and is cooperating with authorities.

Singer ended up cooperating with investigators past year, helping them record incriminating conversations he had with Loughlin, Henriquez and other parents.

Part of the scheme involved advising parents to lie to test administrators that their child had learning disabilities that allowed them extra exam time.

In total, 46 people have been indicted in the multimillion-dollar scheme. None of the schools or the students have been charged in the case. Singer allegedly helped parents "take staged photographs of their children engaged in particular sports", and in other instances used stock photos by "sometimes Photoshopping the face of the child on the athlete, and submitting it". A former Yale soccer coach had pleaded guilty before the documents went public and helped build the case against others.

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