Actresses, CEOs arrested in nationwide college admissions cheating scam

Felicity Huffman

Felicity Huffman

Prosecutors allege that other fake athletic profiles were also made to make students look like strong high school athletes when they actually weren't.

On Tuesday, ABC News reported that 50 individuals, including actresses Lori Loughlin (Full House) and Felicity Hoffman (Desperate Housewives), along with dozens of CEOs and other high ranking business executives, were charged in a wide-reaching college admissions scam, in which they allegedly gamed the system.

Some of the coaches at Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California were among those charged, according to The Associated Press.

In many instances, the children were unaware that their parents had paid these bribes according to federal documents. Defendants with high school-aged children who were applying to college allegedly "conspired with others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children's admission to colleges and universities" in MA and elsewhere including Yale, Stanford, University of Texas, University of Southern California and UCLA.

Felicity Huffman second left in her Desperate Housewives days
Felicity Huffman second left in her Desperate Housewives days

Felicity Huffman attends Raising Our Voices: Supporting More Women in Hollywood & Politics at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, Feb. 19, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Huffman is accused of paying $15,000 disguised as a charitable donation for her daughter to cheat on an entrance exam. Loughlin paid bribes of $500,000 to get her daughters into USC as part of the crew team, though neither had ever rowed crew.

The 200 pages of charging documents in the case were unsealed in Boston federal court. The indictment says the daughter was given twice the amount of time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterwards. Her daughter received a 1420 on the test.

The FBI reportedly recorded phone calls involving the celebrities and a cooperating witness.

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