College Admissions Scam: Lori Loughlin Taken Into Custody

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It was unclear when Full House star Loughlin would turn herself in. She will be released after her afternoon court appearance on a signature bond with a guarantee she'll appear in court.

The scandal also ensnared movers and shakers in the corporate world.

Riddell didn't return several phone calls seeking comment.

William "Rick" Singer, 58, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges related to running the scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which charged from $100,000 to as much as $2.5m per child for the services, which were masked as contributions to a fake charity Singer runs.

Among the alleged offences: six-figure bribes paid to college athletic coaches to vouch for applicants who may not have even competed in those sports, the use of stand-ins to take the all-important SAT and ACT entrance exams, and payments directed to test administrators to correct answers before submission.

Some parents spent hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars and some as much as US$6.5 million to guarantee their children's admission, officials said. In an open letter, Mamet said: "That a parent's zeal for her children's future may have overcome her better judgment for a moment is not only unfortunate, it is, I know we parents would agree, a universal phenomenon".

Some 33 parents, including Huffman and Loughlin, were charged, as well as 13 coaches and associates of Singer's business. Dozens, including Huffman, the Emmy-winning star of ABC's "Desperate Housewives", were arrested by midday Tuesday.

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Actress Lori Loughlin is facing the same charges as Huffman.

Dressed in a blue fleece paired with black trousers, Huffman appeared downcast as she waited by an elevator in the building with what appeared to be two federal agents.

Huffman was in custody in Los Angeles, along with 11 others.

Fifty people, including Macy's wife, actress Felicity Huffman and actress Lori Loughlin, were charged Tuesday in a scheme in which wealthy parents allegedly bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into some of the nation's most elite schools. Macy was not charged, but authorities did not say why.

Loughlin's attorney Marc Harris noted that the actress is under contract for two additional projects filming in Vancouver in April and May, as well as production on a series beginning in July.

The coaches worked at schools such as Yale University, Stanford University, Georgetown University, Wake Forest University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles. A former Yale soccer coach had pleaded guilty before the documents went public and helped build the case against others.

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