Hollywood actresses among 40 charged with over United States college fraud scheme

Lydia FlemingMar 13, 2019

Officials said Loughlin and Huffman were among 13 people arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

Huffman and Loughlin have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud, NBC News reports. Authorities said Singer arranged to help students cheat on college entrance exams and to get them recruited as athletes, despite them not having exceptional athletic ability.

In addition to Loughlin and Huffman, the accused also included coaches and administrators at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown, and the University of Southern California.

U.S. Attorney for District of Massachusetts Andrew Lelling announces indictments in a sweeping college admissions bribery scandal, during a news conference, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Boston.

Singer was scheduled to plead guilty in Boston federal court to charges including racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice, according to court papers.

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Federal prosecutors released a massive federal indictment on Tuesday that showed these parents allegedly paid for a college prep organization to take entrance tests for them. Loughlin's husband, the designer Mossimo Giannulli, was also arrested, along with 30 other parents, nine college coaches, two SAT/ACT administrators, an exam proctor and a college administrator. Another actress, Lori Loughlin, best known for starring in sitcom Full House, was also indicted. In exchange, Huffman, a "Desperate Housewives" cast member, was directed to bring her daughter to a "controlled" SAT testing center where someone corrected her answers or gave her assistance during the test, the documents say. - One of which is a founder of the California based non-profit Key Worldwide Foundation.

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

The payments ranged from $200,000 to $6.5 million, according to Andrew Lelling, the United States attorney in Boston, Massachusetts where the case was filed.

As laid out in the indictment, Singer allegedly paid college coaches to claim that a prospective student should be accepted to college because the student was a recruit for their sports team.

"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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