Famed Actresses, Stanford, Sacramento Businessman Named In Admission Scandal Case

Famed Actresses, Stanford, Sacramento Businessman Named In Admission Scandal Case

Loughlin and Huffman and others, including Fortune 500 CEOs, are accused of paying bribes of up to $6 million to get their kids into Ivy League schools.

Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, USC, and Georgetown, among others, were also implicated as well as parents and exam administrators, federal prosecutors said.

Andrew Lelling, U.S. attorney for the District of MA, said in a news conference Tuesday that families paid a combined $25 million, mostly funneled through charitable accounts, to bribe coaches and university administrators between 2011 and 2018.

Admissions consultant William Rick Singer is accused of orchestrating the scheme, using a sham company called Edge College & Career Network to collect $25 million from parents looking to buy admission into prestige colleges for their children.

Huffman, specifically, alleged made a $15,000 donation for her oldest daughter, considered "pursuing the scheme" a second time before "deciding not to do so".

The world of college sports, extremely rich people, and shady business practices intersected in a magnificent way on Tuesday as federal prosecutors announced charges filed against 50 individuals in a massive college entrance fraud ring.

Loughlin, best known for her role in the sitcom "Full House", and Huffman, best known for her role on TV's "Desperate Housewives", were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

Top college coaches at the schools are also among those charged. Meredith, authorities say, accepted bribes to bring Yale applicants onto the team "regardless of their athletic ability". At the test taking center, it's said a proctor corrected her answers afterward.

The indictment was filed by the United States attorney for the District of MA, and the documents outlining the racketeering conspiracy charges were unsealed on March 12.

Prosecutors said Singer used the cash to bribe two people who administered the exams - Igor Dvorsiky, of Los Angeles, and Lisa "Niki" Williams, of Houston.

Messages seeking comment with representatives for Huffman and Loughlin were not immediately returned.

"To facilitate the scam, Singer counseled parents to take their children to a therapist and get a letter saying that because of purported learning disabilities or other issues, the child needed additional time to complete the ACT or the Saturday".

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