Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Indicted in Ivy League Bribery Scheme

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Indicted in Ivy League Bribery Scheme

According to the documents, the tactics of rich parents - including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, in this case - are widely varied, and include having surrogates sit for standardized exams instead of their actual children.

Those charged included Hollywood actresses, wealthy business people and a lawyer, a list of those charged provided by Lelling's office showed. Since 2011, Singer has allegedly also been bribing coaches and university administrators to falsely designate applicants as potential athlete recruits or assign them other preferential designations that improve their chances of acceptance. Loughlin was on a flight to Los Angeles, where she was expected to surrender Tuesday afternoon, according to a law enforcement source.

The University of Texas at Austin is one of eight universities involved in a national college admissions and testing bribery scheme, according to the US attorney's office.

Prosecutors say the consultant represented to parents that the scheme had worked successfully more than 800 times.

BOSTON - Actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among at least 40 people indicted in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal.

Authorities said most parents try to hide the plan from their child, but there were cases in which children did know about it. The indictment says Huffman's daughter received a score of 1420 on her SAT ... an improvement of approximately 400 points over her PSAT. In 2012 he set up a nonprofit called Key Worldwide Foundation, which purportedly "helped underserved or disadvantaged youth", Singer said in court.

The indictment was the largest concerning fraud in the college application process, according to Andrew Lelling, a USA attorney in Boston who helped prosecute the case.

Other parents include the founder and chairman of a packaging company for the food and beverage industry who lives in Aspen, Colorado, and NY.

Gordon Ernst - who once taught former first lady Michelle Obama and her daughters Malia and Sasha - was accused of conspiracy to commit racketeering when he was the tennis coach at Georgetown University. USC has not been accused of any wrongdoing and will continue to cooperate fully with the government's investigation.

Georgetown said Ernst has not coached there since December 2017 after an internal investigation found he violated admissions rules.

- Bribing college coaches or athletic administrators to make it appear the students were athletes being recruited to the school, including creating fake athletic credentials. In 2015, he agreed to work with Singer, according to the filing. The real victims, he said, are the "hard-working students who did everything they could" to get accepted into those schools, but "ended up being shut out because far less qualified students and their families bought their way in".

Singer admitted guilt to the charges.

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