Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among 40 charged in college cheating scheme
Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among 40 charged in college cheating scheme
Dozens of people, including actors Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, indicted in college admissions scam
13 March, 2019, 01:31
At least 40 people have been charged in relation to a USA college cheating scam, according to court records that have been unsealed.
Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability. It's a serious matter, but it's still undeniably amusing that the woman who played "Aunt Becky" on one of the most popular sitcoms of the '90s is implicated.
Singer was paid $100,000 to $6.5 million by parents to engage in the scam, prosecutors said.
Indeed, Loughlin's daughter, Olivia Giannulli, made headlines previous year when she bragged on YouTube that she was going to college to party and likely would not have much time for classes.
According to the New York Post, so far more than 40 people have been indicted in the scam that allegedly allowed their spawn to pose as student-athletes to get into Georgetown, Stanford, Wake Forest University, UCLA and Yale. Mossimo allegedly wrote to William Singer, who is accused of running the scam, in 2016. Huffman and Loughlin were not immediately available for comment.
According to federal agents, Huffman and Macy also began arrangements for their younger daughter, Georgia, to cheat on the SAT in the same manner, "but ultimately decided not to".
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Some 33 parents, including Huffman and Loughlin, were charged, as well as 13 coaches and associates of Singer's business.
Prosecutors said it was up to the universities what to do with students admitted through cheating.
"This is a federal prosecution brought forth by the Department of Justice that carries with it potential life-altering consequences for those involved".
Singer facilitated the cheating by advising students to seek "extended time on the exams, including by having their children purport to have learning disabilities in order to obtain medical documentation that ACT", the indictment says.
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.
"In many instances, the students taking the exams were unaware that their parents had arranged for this cheating", the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
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"Singer worked with the parents to fabricate impressive athletic profiles for their kids", Lelling said, adding that in some cases students faces were placed, using the image editing program Photoshop, onto the bodies of athletes.
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