Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Charged in College Admission Scam

Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Charged in College Admission Scam

Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were among parents accused of paying bribes to get their children into the above-listed universities.

Some local students and parents are outraged after hearing about the college admissions bribery scandal that came out on Tuesday. "Once the companies that administered those exams had agreed to the extra time, Singer arranged for the child to take the exam individually with one of the proctors he had bribed either at a location in Houston or at a location in California", said Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney in MA.

Huffman is accused of arranging for a specific person to proctor her daughter's SAT exam, and correct answers. The real victims, he said, are the "hard-working students who did everything they could" to get accepted into those schools, but "ended up being shut out because far less qualified students and their families bought their way in".

According to a report from the BBC, Huffman was charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.

Additional payments were allegedly made for their younger daughters' acceptance to USC bringing the estimated total bribe for admission of Loughlin & Giannulli daughters to $1.4 million.

Huffman, 56, and her husband William Macy, the star of Showtime's hit series "Shameless", paid $15,000 for their first daughter to perform well on the test, but decided not to do the same with their second daughter.

The schools include Yale, Stanford, Georgetown University and the University of Southern California, federal prosecutors said. Loughlin is famous as Aunt Becky on the beloved '90s sitcom Full House, and she's made numerous appearances on its Netflix revival series, Fuller House.

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Caplan, a private equity lawyer at NY firm Willkie Farr & Gallagher, also allegedly participated in the cheating scheme, paying $75,000 to the company to help his daughter cheat on the ACT.

Court papers say a cooperating witness met with Huffman and her husband at their Los Angeles home and explained the scam to them.

- No students were charged, prosecutors said they were often unaware of the measures being taken on their behalf.

The investigation began when authorities received a tip about the scheme from someone they were interviewing in a separate case, Lelling said.

Messages seeking comment from Huffman's representative were not immediately returned.

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

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