'Full House' star Lori Loughlin, others indicted in college admissions bribery case

13 March, 2019, 15:00 | Author: Heather Diaz
  • Felicity Huffman right and William H. Macy attend the Netflix 2019 Golden Globes After Party in Los Angeles on Jan. 6 2019

Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest, and Georgetown (among others) are also implicated, per the documents, as well as parents and exam administrators. No New Jersey colleges were involved in the massive scheme, according to a spokesman with the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey. He would then steer the money to one of two places: either an SAT or ACT administrator, or a college athletic coach.

Parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee their children's admission, officials said.

The FBI and US attorney's office in Boston held a press conference this morning to provide more information in the case.

Lori and her husband Mossimo Giannulli allegedly paid $500,000 to have both of their daughters recruited for the crew team, a sport which they don't play, at USC.

USC says it is reviewing any admissions decisions and payments tied to the case.

According to the complaint, the defendants conspired with others to "bribe college entrance exam administrators to facilitate cheating on college entrance exams, to bribe varsity coaches and administrators at elite universities to designate certain applicants as recruited athletes or as other favoured candidates, thereby facilitating the applicants' admission to those universities and to use the facade of a charitable organization to hide the nature and source of the bribe payments".

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Prosecutors said the scheme was masterminded by William Rick Singer, the founder of a for-profit college preparation business based in Newport Beach, California. Singer pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and agreed to work with federal investigators in 2018.

A third party was taking exams for students or replacing students' responses in exams so students could get into colleges, records said. Those locations included a public school in Houston, Texas, and a college-prep school in West Hollywood, California.

No students were charged, with authorities saying that in many cases the teenagers were unaware of what was going on.

According to ABC, Huffman and her husband William H.Macy allegedly made a "purported charitable contribution" of $15,000 to get their oldest daughter in school.

Along with dozens of other wealthy parents, actress Lori Loughlin, star of Full House and Fuller House, was charged Monday with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to CNN.

Loughlin and Huffman (as well as Macy) have yet to issue a statement or comment upon the charges.

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