Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin busted in college admissions cheating scandal

Wednesday, 13 Mar, 2019

Huffman, Loughlin and dozens of wealthy executives and lawyers were charged with participating in a "large-scale, elaborate fraud" to create a "rigged system" at prominent colleges like Yale, USC, Stanford and UCLA, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.

Huffman, 56, and Loughlin, the 54-year-old star of "Full House", were among 33 parents accused of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud in joining the scheme.

In all, 44 people, some of them college coaches, have been charged thus far.

Loughlin was reportedly in Canada. If their parents were any smart, they would've just taken the traditional route and bribed colleges to accept their children by making huge donations directly to the school.

"These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege", Andrew Lelling, the US attorney in Boston, said at a news conference. "They include, for example, CEOs of private and public companies, successful securities and real estate investors, two well-known actresses, a famous fashion designer and the co-chairman of a global law firm", he said.

Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents according to Andrew Lelling, the US Attorney for MA.

Stanford University announced that it has terminated the school's head sailing coach, who was implicated in the case.

'Felicity huffman & these parents be like "let my daughter into your college; she's a superstar soccer player,"' mocked a different user.

Georgetown University was one the schools the schemers allegedly targeted. "The stakes could not be higher", he tells PEOPLE.

Wake Forest University tells PEOPLE that it has placed their volleyball coach on administrative leave following his alleged role in the plot.

The alleged masterminds of the scam and parents who paid into it could all face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

The dad allegedly sent a photo of Isabella on a rowing machine to smooth over the scheme to get her into USC as a crew coxswain even though she had never rowed competitively or even participated in the sport, court papers alleged.

Singer facilitated the cheating by advising students to seek "extended time on the exams, including by having their children purport to have learning disabilities in order to obtain medical documentation that ACT", the indictment says.

The parents were then advised to choose one of two test centers that Singer's company said it had control over: one in Houston, Texas, and the other in West Hollywood, California.

Officials said most students involved were unaware of the scheme.

Among the parents charged were Gordon Caplan of Greenwich, Connecticut, a co-chairman of an worldwide law firm based in New York; Jane Buckingham, CEO of a boutique marketing company in Los Angeles; Gregory Abbott of New York, founder and chairman of a packaging company; and Manuel Henriquez, CEO of a finance company based in Palo Alto, California.