Dozens of actresses, executives charged in college admissions cheating scandal

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Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are two of the 33 parents and almost 50 people charged in the largest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted by the Justice Department.

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. The scandal is that these parents paid substantial bribes to admissions officers and varsity coaches to get their children admitted to schools under the pretense these children were athletic recruits. According to multiple reports, the actress landed at LAX on Tuesday during the court hearing. Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among the dozens of people charged in the case, EW has confirmed.

As for Loughlin, she and her husband allegedly agreed to bribes totalling an eye-popping $500,000 to have their two daughters pretend they were recruits to the USC crew team.


The indictment, unsealed in federal court in Boston on Tuesday, charges that the people named in the complaint paid bribes up to $6 million to get their children into elite colleges. The documents also allege that some defendants created fake athletic profiles for students to make them appear to be successful athletes and get them into college.

The dad allegedly sent a photo of Isabella on a rowing machine to smooth over the scheme to get her into USC as a crew coxswain even though she had never rowed competitively or even participated in the sport, court papers alleged.

Also charged is former Yale University women's soccer coach Rudolph "Rudy" Meredith, who is accused of accepting payments from parents of college applicants.


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. In the case of Huffman's daughter, she was given twice the amount of time usually given to students taking the SAT, and a proctor later corrected her wrong answers.

Admissions consultant William Rick Singer is accused of orchestrating the scheme, using a sham company called Edge College & Career Network to collect $25 million from parents looking to buy admission into prestige colleges for their children.


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