TV stars Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin charged in college bribery scheme

A Student Embroiled In The Elite College Admission Scam Has Broken Their Silence

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Among Dozens Charged In Nationwide College Admissions Scheme

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

Numerous people worked with William "Rick" Singer, founder of college prep business Edge College & Career Network, to funnel more than $25 million to coaches and university administrators as bribes for student recruitment on college sports teams regardless of their athletic ability.

John Vandemoer, a former Stanford University sailing coach who worked with Singer, also pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy.

Parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee their children's admission, officials said. The two are alleged to have paid bribes totaling $500,000 to get their two influencer daughters accepted to USC as "recruits to the USC crew team-despite the fact that they did not participate in crew".

He's accused of spearheading the scam, including allegedly facilitating cheating on college entrance exams like the SAT and ACT, Photoshopping prospects' heads on athletes' bodies, and bribing admissions officers.

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

Singer, 58, founded the for-profit college prep business Edge College & Career Network also known as "The Key". "Friends close to Felicity, Bill [William H. Macy] and the family are completely shocked over her arrest".

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"Singer worked with parents to fabricate impressive athletic profiles for their kids including fake athletic credentials or honors or fake participation in elite club themes", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday.

"I don't really care about school, as you guys all know", she said. The actress is famously married to Emmy-winning actor William H. Macy, and many people are now asking why he didn't get charged like his wife did.

A judge said on Tuesday that jailed actress Felicity Huffman was eligible for release on $250,000 bond. Loughlin was expected to appear in federal court on conspiracy charges Wednesday afternoon.

Huffman allegedly paid $15,000 for her oldest daughter and began the process for her second child but ultimately abandoned the plan because she was anxious a fixed score would "set off alarm bells".

By comparison, the average annual cost of tuition and fees at a private, four-year college is $29,478, the US Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics' most recent report shows.

The case sparked outrage across the country, especially among parents who stress about the intense competition for places in universities and, more broadly, about privileged behaviour among the richest Americans.

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