Felicity Huffman Arrested, Lori Loughlin Charged in College Scandal

Posted March 15, 2019

Huffman and her husband allegedly gave about $15,000 to get their daughter into college, while Loughlin and her husband agreed to pay about $500,000 in bribes to get their two daughters on USC's rowing team.

It has yet to come to light if the names of the children of the other parents involved in the scandal will be released, or if they will face the same ridicule as Olivia. "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".

Ms Loughlin is accused of paying the mastermind of the scheme, William "Rick" Singer, $US500,000 to help both of her daughters cheat their way into USC by bribing an athletics official at the school to pretend the girls were gifted rowers.

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

Also under arrest were several coaches at local universities in connection with the alleged $25 million scheme.

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One of the daughters is 19-year-old Olivia Jade who answered a question in a video on her Youtube channel about starting college.

Designer Mossimo Giannulli and wife Lori Loughlin attend LACMA's 50th Anniversary Gala sponsored by Christie's at LACMA on April 18, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.

"There were essentially two kinds of fraud that Singer was selling", Lelling said of the accusations, which run from 2011 to 2019.

In the operation, federal agents secretly recorded Huffman, an Emmy-award winning actor best known for her role on Desperate Housewives, as she spoke on the phone with a cooperating witness.

Heinel has also been indicted on charges of racketeering conspiracy and is accused of accepting money to get numerous kids into the California college as athletes.

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Singer facilitated the cheating by advising students to seek "extended time on the exams, including by having their children purport to have learning disabilities in order to obtain medical documentation that ACT", the indictment says.

She appeared Tuesday in a federal court in Los Angeles and a judge set bond for her at $250,000.

Douglas Hodge - the former chief executive of investment firm Pimco, and another of the 33 parents charged in the $US25 million ($35 million) scam - appeared earlier in the day in a Boston court.

Huffman and Giannulli are scheduled to reappear in court March 29 in Boston. The actress faces a felony charge of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

CNN has contacted Iconix Brand Group, which owns Giannulli's namesake fashion company, Mossimo. On Tuesday, more than 40 people were indicted for being a part of a scheme to allegedly have their children accepted in schools like Georgetown, Stanford, Wake Forest University, UCLA and Yale as recruited athletes, despite the child's lack of athletic ability. CNN also is seeking comment from the actresses' representatives. USC did not respond to Business Insider's request for comment, but said in a public statement that the university has not been accused of wrongdoing and is "reviewing its admissions processes broadly to ensure that such actions do not occur going forward".

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