Hollywood stars among dozens charged over college entrance scam

Hollywood stars among dozens charged over college entrance scam

Hollywood stars among dozens charged over college entrance scam

It is alleged wealthy parents bribed athletics coaches, insiders at testing centres, exam administrators and admissions counsellors to have their children offered college places. She is scheduled to appear in court in Boston on March 29.

Prosecutors allege Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid $500,000 to have their two daughters labeled as recruits to the University of Southern California crew team, even though neither is a rower.

The scheme involved getting the children of wealthy people into the colleges of their dreams, often by manipulating sports scholarships, disability allowances on tests, and by inflating resumes.

Loughlin is best known for her role as Aunt Becky in "Full House" while Huffman is known for her role on "Desperate Housewives". She has lately become the queen of the Hallmark Channel with her holiday movies and the series "When Calls the Heart".

Huffman spent hours in a a Federal detention center and in court where she answered "yes" to several questions including whether or not she understood the charges. Former Pimco Chief Executive Douglas Hodge is due to be arraigned in federal court in Boston, officials said.

A DePaul spokeswoman said the school got the contributions in 2014, 2015 and 2016 from the Key Worldwide Foundation, which the feds say Singer used to launder payoffs from his clients and pay out bribes to his alleged accomplices.

USC's interim President Wanda Austin said about a half-dozen current applicants affiliated with Singer's firm will be barred from admission, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

"The parents charged today, despite already being able to give their children every advantage in the college admissions game, instead chose to corrupt and illegally manipulate the system", U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling of the district of ma said at a news conference.

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

Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were charged along with almost 50 other people Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents bribed college coaches and insiders at testing centres to help get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country, federal prosecutors said.

In many cases, the students were not aware that their parents had arranged for the cheating, prosecutors said, although in other cases they knowingly took part.

"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected", Mr Lelling said. In October, Huffman was recorded by the Federal Bureau of Investigation allegedly discussing participating in the same scheme for her younger daughter; however, she did not ultimately pursue it. Meredith left with a $2,000 down payment, court records say.

Huffman has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to federal court documents filed Monday in MA. She allegedly made a $15,000 charitable donation to a company that claimed "to provide educational and self-enrichment programs to disadvantaged youth". The actress is famously married to Emmy-winning actor William H. Macy, and many people are now asking why he didn't get charged like his wife did.

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