Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Charged in College Admission Scam

Deanna Kelley
March 13, 2019

Two actresses, Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, were among dozens of people charged in a sweeping indictment exposing an alleged multimillion-dollar college admissions cheating scam at some of the nation's swankiest universities.

Actress Loughlin appeared in the ABC sitcom "Full House", and Huffman starred in ABC's "Desperate Housewives".

"They anxious their daughters are as stupid as their mothers", Conway, a mother of four, tweeted Tuesday.

The indictment, unsealed in federal court in Boston on Tuesday, charges almost 50 people with paying bribes to get their children into elite colleges.

Dressed in a blue fleece paired with black trousers, Huffman appeared downcast as she waited by an elevator in the building with what appeared to be two federal agents.

The charging documents, unsealed in Boston federal court, are more than 200 pages long. The couple allegedly agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 to have their daughters designated as recruits for the USC crew team, even though they did not participate in crew.

The bribe money paid by the parents was disguised as a "charitable donation" to a nonprofit called Key Worldwide Foundation - but it was really just "a front", Lelling said.

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Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were also made to make students look like strong high school athletes when they actually weren't. The two girls were not recruits and did not participate in crew. However, TMZ noted that Giannulli, who was also indicted, had pictures of his kids on rowing machines.

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.

The investigation remains active with additional targets possible, Justice Department officials said.

Most of the students who benefited from the alleged bribes were not aware of the circumstances of their acceptances, according to ABC.

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

She later apologized for her words in another video, calling what she'd said "stupid" and "ignorant". "And I didn't mean it that way", adding, "I know that it's a privilege and it's a blessing and I'm really grateful". A college prep school director is charged, as is the director of exam-preparation company.

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