Actresses Huffman and Loughlin charged in college bribery case

Deanna Kelley
March 14, 2019

Most of the schools are private but accept federal funding and are bound by federal education rules.

The bribes reportedly went has high as $6 million. Her next court appearance was set for March 29 in Boston. Macy was mentioned in the case but not charged.

"Some of the parents are celebrities, like Lori Loughlin who played Aunt Becky on the sitcom Full House". A source told ABC that Loughlin was in Canada filming a Hallmark Channel Original Movie.

Federal prosecutors in Boston charged William "Rick" Singer, 58, with running the scheme through his Edge College & Career Network, which charged from $US100,000 to as much as $US2.5 million per child for the services, which were masked as contributions to a scam charity Singer runs. She is scheduled to appear in court later in the day. She was among 50 people charged in the scheme. He has been released on bond.

The racketeering conspiracy charges were brought against coaches at schools including Wake Forest, Stanford, Georgetown, the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles. Meredith left with a $2,000 down payment, court records say. He was the school's director of college entrance exam preparation. His status at USC was unclear; his faculty profile has been removed from a website, and phone messages seeking comment were not returned.

Huffman and several others were charged with conspiracy to commit fraud, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The elaborate scheme involved bribing the administrators of college entrance tests to allow a child's wrong answers to be corrected and bribing university athletic coaches to attest a child was a gifted athlete even if he or she was anything but.

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Also, Gordon Ernst, a former tennis head coach at Georgetown University, has a vacation home in MA.

On Wednesday, a Silicon Valley hedge fund announced that it is replacing its head after he became ensnared in the scandal.

Huffman was detained on Tuesday, but released on a $250,000 bond. Shares of the hedge fund plunged 9 percent.

Hercules said Wednesday that Henriquez will still hold a seat on the board and will serve as an adviser.

Macy alluded to some drama involving his daughter's college application process shortly before his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, and dozens of others were charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday in a college admissions bribery scheme.

Yale University and the University of Southern California said in separate statements that they were co-operating with investigators.

Prosecutors allege that the famous couple first signed up to the scheme for their older daughter, Isabella Rose, after Singer said her grades were at or just below the "low end" of USC's admission standards, according to court documents.

In addition to Loughlin, the group included "Desperate Housewives" actress Felicity Huffman.

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