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Felicity Huffman surrenders passport following court appearance in alleged college bribery scheme

Felicity Huffman surrenders passport following court appearance in alleged college bribery scheme

Prosecutors said that parents paid Singer big money from 2011 through last month to bribe coaches and administrators to falsely make their children look like star athletes to boost their chances of getting accepted. They're accused of handing over up to $6 million (according to Variety) to guarantee their children's admissions to several elite universities, including but not limited to Georgetown, Stanford, and Yale.

Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman is among 50 people who have been accused of paying bribes to get their children into America's top colleges.

Court documents showed that Huffman and Macy met with a cooperating witness at their home in Los Angeles, where the witness told the couple he "controlled" a testing center for college entrance exams and could have their daughter's SAT answers secretly changed, AP reported. Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, who has not been charged, had arranged to do the same for their younger daughter but then allegedly deciding not to.

Prosecutors alleged the couple gave $500,000 to have their two daughters labelled as recruits to the rowing team at USC (University of Southern California), even though neither participated in the sport.

The man whom authorities allege is at the center of the scheme, William Rick Singer, appeared in a Boston federal courthouse Tuesday.

Actress Lori Loughlin is facing the same charges as Huffman.

Meanwhile, Lori Loughlin is allegedly flying to Los Angeles from Canada to surrender to authorities, where her husband Mossimo Giannulli is already in custody.

Huffman was taken into custody without incident in Los Angeles this morning, the Federal Bureau of Investigation told Inside Edition, while an arrest warrant was served this morning at Loughlin's residence but she was not home.

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"For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, genuinely talented student was rejected".

"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.

The actor, who starred in the movie "Fargo" and now appears on TV in "Shameless", made the comments two months before his wife, Felicity Huffman, was among more than 30 parents charged in a sweeping college admissions bribery scam.

Huffman's older daughter allegedly took the test in December 2017 and received a score of 1420.

In many cases, the students were not aware that their parents had arranged for the cheating, prosecutors said, although in other cases they knowingly took part. A former Yale soccer coach reportedly pleaded guilty and helped build the case against others.

On Tuesday morning, seven federal agents turned up at Huffman's house with "guns drawn" to arrest her, TMZ reports.

"She's simply not the kind of person who is going to become an global fugitive", her attorney, Evan A. Jeaness said in court.

Federal authorities arrested dozens on Tuesday for a 25 million US dollar scheme to help wealthy Americans, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin and some CEOs, cheat their children's way into elite universities, such as Yale and Stanford.

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