Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among those charged in college admissions cheating scandal

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among those charged in college admissions cheating scandal

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among those charged in college admissions cheating scandal

The indictment, unsealed in federal court in Boston on Tuesday, charges almost 50 people with paying bribes to get their children into elite colleges.

The plot involved students who attended or were seeking to attend Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, the University of San Diego, USC, University of Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale, according to federal prosecutors.

U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of MA tells E! He would then steer the money to one of two places: either an SAT or ACT administrator, or a college athletic coach.

Starting in 2011, parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee their children's admission, officials said.

"These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege", U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in announcing the $25 million bribery case against 50 people in all.

Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability.

WABC reports Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, agreed to pay $500,000 to get their daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team to ease their admissions into the school. The complaint said the bribes came in the form of charitable donations made to William Rick Singer, who operated the Key Worldwide Foundation, a nonprofit corporation that he started in 2012.

The test administrators in the those centers took bribes to allow Singer's clients to cheat, often by arranging to have a student's wrong answers corrected after completing the exam or having another person take the exam.

The alleged scheme - involving elite schools such as Yale, Stanford and Georgetown - saw students helped to cheat on entrance exams and getting fake athletic scholarships.

No students were charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on.

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

She's among 40 actresses and CEOs charged, including "Desperate Housewives" alum Felicity Huffman. Representatives for Loughlin and Huffman did not immediately return requests for comment.

Several defendants, including Huffman, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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