Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin charged in college entrance bribery scheme

Loughlin at the Women's Cancer Research Fund's An Unforgettable Evening event in Beverly Hills Calif. on Feb. 27 2018 left and actress Felicity Huffman at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angel

According to the complaint, the defendants conspired with others to "bribe college entrance exam administrators to facilitate cheating on college entrance exams, to bribe varsity coaches and administrators at elite universities to designate certain applicants as recruited athletes or as other favoured candidates, thereby facilitating the applicants' admission to those universities and to use the facade of a charitable organization to hide the nature and source of the bribe payments".

Thirty-three parents, including actor Lori Loughlin, were charged, as well as 13 coaches and associates of Singer's business.

In court papers obtained from Massachusetts District Court, Loughlin, 54, and Desperate Housewives star Huffman, 56, were hit with arrest warrants for "conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud" on Monday.

It's reported that she was secretly recorded discussing the scheme with a co-operating witness.

Loughlin was reportedly in Canada. Among those charged were several college coaches.

According to the criminal complaint, the cheating was facilitated "in some cases by posing as the actual students, and in others by providing students with answers during the exams or by correcting their answers after they had completed the exams". Singer was paid $100,000 to $6.5 million by parents to engage in the scam, prosecutors said.

"These parents are a catalogue of wealth and privilege". Both actresses are in custody, the Justice Department said. Mossimo was also charged in the indictment.

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"Around that time, Loughlin allegedly sent Singer an email reading: "[Our younger daughter] has not submitted all her colleges [sic] apps and is confused on how to do so.

Under the guise of a non-profit company that helped students with their college admissions, Singer would pay to have SAT and ACT tests retaken or scores changed, and also for students to be accepted through athletic programs in sports they didn't actually play.

"What is going to happen when they see his application, he'll be flagged as an athlete", one of Singer's people told William McGlashan, an executive at the huge investment group TPG Capital, who wanted to get his son in a certain school.

"But once he gets here, he just goes, he doesn't go to athletic orientation, he goes to the regular orientation like all my other kids just did. and everything's fine".

Riddell was paid roughly $10,000 per test, money that was often funneled through a charity account set up by Singer, the indictment says.

Their 19-year-old daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, who has a popular YouTube channel, attends USC.

"Beginning in or about 2011, and continuing through the present, the defendants - principally individuals whose high-school age children were applying to college - conspired with others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children's admission to colleges and universities in the District of MA and elsewhere, including Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California, and the University of Southern California - Los Angeles", the indictment said.

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