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Actresses Huffman, Loughlin among 50 charged in U.S. college fraud scheme

Actresses Huffman, Loughlin among 50 charged in U.S. college fraud scheme

Celebrities: Actresses Loughlin and Felicity Huffman were named among the near-four dozen people implicated in the charges, Fox News reports.

The test administrators in the centers took bribes to allow Singer's clients to cheat, often by arranging to have a student's wrong answers corrected after completing the exam or having another person take the exam.

Defendants with high school-aged children who were applying to college allegedly "conspired with others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children's admission to colleges and universities" in MA and elsewhere including Yale, Stanford, University of Texas, University of Southern California and UCLA.

Coaches from Georgetown University, University of Southern California, University of California at Los Angeles and Wake Forest University are all indicted.

Authorities said coaches in such sports as soccer, tennis and volleyball accepted bribes to put students on lists of recruited athletes, regardless of their ability or experience.

Ms Huffman and Ms Loughlin were due to appear in Federal Court in Los Angeles later on Tuesday, prosecutors said.

Many parents pay handsomely for test preparation and have their children take the tests two or three times to better their scores.

The charging documents were unsealed in federal court in Boston and are more than 200 pages long.

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Reactions: "So Aunt Becky from Full House and Lynette Scavo from Desperate Housewives are involved in this college exam scheme and have been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud".

Huffman was charged Tuesday with conspiracy and honest services mail fraud in connection with their daughter Sofia's December 2, 2017, SAT test proctored by an alleged co-conspirator of the scheme's mastermind, William Singer.

Defendant William Singer was paid roughly $25 million dollars by parents to help their children get in to schools.

As for Huffman, she and her husband, William H. Macy, allegedly made a charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of their eldest daughter.

Singer also helped parents stage photographs of their children playing sports or even Photoshopped children's faces onto stock images of athletes downloaded from the internet to exaggerate their athletic credentials.

Several schools, including USC and Yale, said they were victims themselves of the scam.

"There can be no separate college admissions system for the wealthy and I will add there will not be a separate criminal justice system either", Lelling said at the press conference Tuesday.


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