Hollywood stars swept up in college bribery scam

Center outside of the federal courthouse in downtown Austin on March 12. Center is accused of accepting nearly $100,000 in a wide-ranging federal investigation

Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman Charged in College Admission Scam

Two famous Hollywood actresses, Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, were charged in a MA court Tuesday along with more than 50 others for their alleged roles in an elaborate scam involving college admissions.

It alleges that a third party took the ACT and SAT college entrance exams in place of students. In some cases, the lawyers said, Singer worked with parents to create false academic and athletic successes for the students, including putting student's faces on the images of real athletes in action.

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

From 2011 to 2018, Lelling said wealthy parents made about $25 million in payments to guarantee their children's admission to elite schools, and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents wiretapped phone calls involving some of the parents and a cooperating witness.

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Four of the 50 people charged in what officials described Tuesday as largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the Justice Department were indicted in Texas, among them the head coach of the University of Texas men's tennis team, Michael Center.

CNN is working to get comment from the actresses' representatives. Presumably the reason Huffman is being charged and not Macy as well is because Huffman is the one they have recorded phone calls of.

Federal authorities have charged college coaches and others in a sweeping admissions bribery case in federal court.

"Full House" star Lori Loughlin and her husband Mossimo Giannulli are accused of paying $500,000 as part of a bribery plot to help their daughters gain admittance to the University of Southern California.

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Court documents said Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation, so her daughter could partake in the college entrance cheating scam.

Singer was paid roughly $25 million by parents to help their children get in to schools, the U.S. attorney said. Heinel was also charged Tuesday with conspiracy to commit racketeering. For Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the sitcom Full House, agents obtained emails from her that allegedly show her involvement in the scam.

William "Rick" Singer, the Newport Beach man who was the founder of the college consulting nonprofit The Key Worldwide Foundation, pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon to conspiracy to commit racketeering, money laundering conspiracy, conspiracy to defraud the United States and obstruction of justice.

Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes, regardless of their ability.

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