Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin indicted in alleged Ivy League college admissions scheme
- Author: Kyle Peterson Mar 14, 2019,
Mar 14, 2019, 1:39
The list also includes some Olympic sports coaches at the universities listed, and ABC reports that most of the students who benefited from this alleged scheme weren't aware of their parents' tactics.
The actress appeared emotionally drained as she was photographed leaving a Downtown Los Angeles courthouse late Tuesday flanked by officers.
Lori Loughlin was taken into custody by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday after reports broke that she, among dozens of others, would be charged for her participation in an elite college admission scheme.
Federal agents secretly recorded telephone calls with Huffman and a cooperating witness, which allegedly show Huffman agreeing to pay the large sum of money in order to help her daughter get a higher SAT score, according to the indictment.
Lelling said, via CNN: "This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud".
Part of the scheme involved advising parents to lie to test administrators that their child had learning disabilities that allowed them extra exam time.
Loughlin is expected to make her first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.
Just under 50 people were charged in court on Tuesday.
US Federal Authorities reportedly called this certain case the biggest college admissions scandal ever prosecuted by the US Justice Department, with the celebrity parents accused of paying almost $25 million in bribes.
Rudy Meredith, who was the Yale women's soccer coach for 24 years, is accused of receiving $400,000 to accept a recruit despite knowing she did not play competitive soccer.
After surrendering to the FBI Wednesday morning, Lori Loughlin appeared in a Los Angeles court hours later to face a charge of mail fraud.
He is accused of paying $200,000 to have someone else take his two sons' SATs in order to help get them into elite colleges. She has reportedly been charged with with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, same as Felicity.
Huffman is accused of paying $US15,000 ($21,175) - disguised as a charitable donation - to the Key Worldwide Foundation so her oldest daughter could participate in the scam.
The parents were then advised to choose one of two test centres that Mr Singer's company said it had control over: one in Houston, Texas, and the other in West Hollywood, California.