Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin have been charged with at least 40 other people over a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and insiders at testing centres to help get their children into some of the most elite schools in the country.
Two SAT/ACT administrators, an exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, a college administrator and 33 parents - a total of 50 people - are accused of participating in a scheme that involved cheating on standardized tests and bribing college coaches and others to admit students as athletes regardless of their abilities, prosecutors revealed in a federal indictment.
Coaches from Yale, Stanford, the University of Southern California, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated in the case.
A judge ruled that the Emmy-winning actress could be released on $250,000 bond.
The scandal is certain to inflame longstanding complaints that children of the wealthy and well-connected have the inside track in college admissions - sometimes through big, timely donations from their parents - and that privilege begets privilege.
The largest college admissions fraud scam unearthed in USA history was run out of a small college preparation company in Newport Beach, California, that relied on bribes, phoney test takers and even doctored photos depicting non-athletic applicants as elite competitors to land college slots for the offspring of rich parents, prosecutors said. She has reportedly been charged with with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, same as Felicity. Court documents obtained by E!
The person told investigators the couple agreed to the plan.
"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.
In one YouTube post, she talked about the difficulty of juggling her career with school, and said she didn't know how much she would actually attend.
"The Department of Justice believes that Yale has been the victim of a crime perpetrated by its former women's soccer coach", Yale said in a statement.
At the USC campus in Los Angeles, an athletic coach was accused of taking a bribe in return for arranging the admission of Loughlin's daughters in spots reserved for the crew team.
The Fuller House actress and her husband allegedly paid $500,000 to have both of their daughters, Bella and Olivia, recruited for the crew team, a sport which they apparently don't play, at USC. Parents who can afford to, pay heavily for test preparation and have their children take the tests two or three times to better their scores.
$6.5 million - Allegedly spent in bribes from potential college parents for fake ACT/SAT scores, fabricated college entrance exams and money to secure athletics spots at universities.
In one exchange, however, one of Singer's clients says her daughter is "not stupid" and purportedly proceeds to ask: "How do you do this without telling the kids what you're doing?"
Prosecutors said it was up to the universities to decide what to do with students admitted through cheating.
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