Hollywood stars swept up in college bribery scam

Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Charged in College Admission Scam

Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin arrested in largest-ever college admissions cheating scam

"To facilitate the scam, Singer counseled parents to take their children to a therapist and get a letter saying that because of purported learning disabilities or other issues, the child needed additional time to complete the ACT or the Saturday".

- Bribing college coaches or athletic administrators to make it appear the students were athletes being recruited to the school, including creating fake athletic credentials. Details about the scam, and the 50 people accused in it, were unsealed in Boston on Tuesday. This man would request money from parents that would then be given to SAT, ACT proctors, and or college athletic coaches to influence a student's admission into schools.

Authorities alleged that a well-connected college admissions adviser, William Singer, masked the bribes by filtering them through a charity, the Key Worldwide Foundation. "There can be no separate college admission system for the wealthy, and I'll add that there will not be a separate criminal justice system either".

Court documents state parents paid Singer around $25 million between 2011 and February 2019 to "bribe coaches and university administrators to designate their children as recruited athletes, or other favored admissions categories".


Several defendants, including Huffman, were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Loughlin was on a flight to Los Angeles, where she was expected to surrender Tuesday afternoon, according to a law enforcement source.

Huffman is perhaps best known for her role as Lynette Scavo on the ABC dramedy Desperate Housewives, for which she won an Emmy Award for Best Actress.

CNN is working to get comment from the actresses' representatives.

Court documents said Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation, so her daughter could partake in the college entrance cheating scam.


"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest and genuinely talented student was rejected", Lelling said.

In one case, Singer even worked with parents to take staged photos of their child engaged in particular sports.

In McGlashan's case, authorities allege, he authorized Singer to Photoshop his son's face on the body of a football player to trick Stanford and the University of Southern California that his son had experience in a sport he never played.

The accused, who also include chief executives, financiers, the chairman of a prominent law firm, a winemaker and fashion designer, allegedly cheated on admissions tests and arranged for bribes to get their children into prestigious schools including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said.


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