Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin indicted in alleged Ivy League college admissions scheme

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The scam, said prosecutors, arranged for children to be recruited as athletes, regardless of their athletic abilities.

Reports say up to $6 million has been paid in the bribes. The children, generally, did not realize their admission was due to a bribe.

Court documents said Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation, so her daughter could partake in the college entrance cheating scam.

Loughlin, a.k.a. Aunt Becky, apparently paid a total of $500,000 in exchange for having their daughters designated as crew recruits to USC, as evidence in emails from Loughlin.

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

Federal authorities have charged college coaches and others in a sweeping admissions bribery case in federal court.

The scheme began in 2011, prosecutors said, and also helped children get into the University of Texas, Georgetown University, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

Prosecutors said Singer was scheduled to plead guilty to charges including racketeering conspiracy.

Felicity Huffman, left, and Lori Loughlin, right, were among those charged in an alleged college admissions bribery scam.

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The actresses, who starred on Desperate Housewives and Fuller House, respectively, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

Mark Riddell, the Director of College Entrance Exam Preparation at IMG Academy, a private college preparatory school and sports academy in Bradenton, Fla., has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud alongside charges of conspiracy to commit money laundering.

Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of MA, said in a news conference Tuesday that families paid a combined $25 million, mostly funneled through charitable accounts, to bribe coaches and university administrators between 2011 and 2018.

There is no evidence the children were aware of the fraud, authorities said.

More details are coming but it appears that college athletic coaches who were involved with ACT and SAT scores were bribed to make it look as if the students' scores and credentials were good enough to get admitted, but not outstanding enough to draw suspicion.

In most cases, the students did not know their admission to the schools was contingent on a bribe.

This is a developing story.

Loughlin and Huffman (as well as Macy) have yet to issue a statement or comment upon the charges.

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