Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman charged in wild college admissions cheating scheme

William “Rick” Singer the Newport Beach consultant accused of leading the scheme leaves Boston Federal Court after being charged with racketeering conspiracy money laundering conspiracy conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of

Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman charged in wild college admissions cheating scheme

College coaches and two Hollywood actresses are among dozens indicted in a sweeping admissions bribery case unsealed in federal court Tuesday.

The indicted also included "nine coaches at elite schools" who "pretend (ed) that certain applicants were recruited, competitive athletes, when in fact, the applicants were not", Lelling said.

In bribing coaches as part of his scam Singer said he'd have the parents donate $50,000 to the athletics program in question as a first assurance that their child would be admitted to schools like Stanford, Georgetown, UCLA and others.

"These parents are a catalog of wealth and privilege", U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said in announcing the $25 million federal bribery case.

"Singer would accommodate what parents wanted to do", Lelling said, adding that it "appears that the schools are not involved".

This combination of pictures created on March 12, 2019 shows U.S. actress Felicity Huffman (L) attending the Showtime Emmy Eve Nominees Celebration in Los Angeles on September 16, 2018 and actress Lori Loughlin arriving at the People's Choice Awards 2017 at Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, on January 18, 2017.

CNN is working to get comment from the actresses' representatives.

Officials say parents spent anywhere from $200,000 to $6.5 million to guarantee their children's admission.

Actresses Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman are among almost 50 people indicted in a widespread college admission bribery scandal, authorities announced Tuesday. Meredith was charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and honest services wire fraud.

Huffman, known for playing Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives, is accused of paying $15,000, which she claimed as a charitable donation, to have her daughter's SAT answers changed, the Post reports.

Singer funneled bribe payments to her through Fox, court documents allege, but in July 2018 Singer sent her a $5,000 check directly. A confidential informant told investigators that he told Huffman he could arrange for a third party to correct her daughter's answers on the SAT after she took it. Macy is not named in the indictment, but he is repeatedly refered to as Huffman's "spouse".

The racketeering conspiracy charges unveiled Tuesday were brought against the coaches at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

ABC7 reports the alleged scam centered on a California man who ran a business helping students get into the college of their dreams.

Singer also fabricated "impressive athletic profiles" for applicants to apply as athletes - knowing full well that universities have allocated slots for students who play sports.

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