Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Dozens of actresses, executives charged in college admissions cheating scandal

Dozens of actresses, executives charged in college admissions cheating scandal

The bribes reportedly went has high as $6 million. Singer allegedly helped parents "take staged photographs of their children engaged in particular sports", and in other instances used stock photos by "sometimes Photoshopping the face of the child on the athlete, and submitting it".

Huffman, the complaint said, made a $15,000 charitable donation "to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter".

According to prosecutors, a cooperating witness told Huffman he controlled a testing center and would arrange for a third party to proctor her daughter's SAT and secretly correct her answers afterward.

Prosecutors alleged the couple gave $500,000 to have their two daughters labelled as recruits to the rowing team at USC (University of Southern California), even though neither participated in the sport.

TMZ reports that Huffman has been arrested and is presently in custody, and will be released on a signature bond.

"I was essentially buying or bribing the coaches for a spot", Singer said as he pleaded guilty to charges including racketeering, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.

Rudy Meredith, who resigned last fall as the winningest women's soccer coach in Yale University history, was among nine coaches indicted.

Felicity was one the almost 40 individuals charged in connection with an alleged college entrance exam scheme.

Huffman's husband, Shameless star William H. Macy, was also allegedly involved. U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling said those involved paid Singer $25 million total as part of the scheme. However, Singer and the coaches knew that the student was not a competitive player and that his or her athletic profile was fake, the indictment said.

Among them were Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Huffman, best known for her starring role on TV show Desperate Housewives; actress Lori Loughlin, known for her work on the 80s comedy series Full House, and Loughlin's husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.

If you were an actress on an ABC sitcom that aired at some point in the 1990s, apparently the easiest way to get back in the news is to bribe college officials to let your undeserving kids get into school.

International Business Times' request for comments from Loughlin and Huffman have not been returned.

The schools themselves are not targets of the investigation, he said, and no students were charged. "Why is everything so weird now", another person said.

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