Full House actress Lori Loughlin is one of dozens of wealthy parents charged in the controversial, nationwide scandal involving college entrance exams. According to the New York Times, 50 people across six states have supposedly paid millions of dollars to bribe elite colleges into accepting their children.
Colleges involved in the scandal include Yale, Stanford and the University of Southern California.
In addition to Lori Loughlin, Desperate Housewives and Transamerica star Felicity Huffman has also been charged with donating $15,000 in a bribery scheme. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Huffman was taken into police custody as of this morning.
Allegedly, some parents attempted to pay a founder of a college prep business, William Singer, to have other people sit their children’s ACT or SAT exams.
Huffman is one of many being accused of making standardized test arrangements with Singer. That said, Huffman allegedly worked with Singer to get her daughter to have more time to take the test. Additionally, someone (likely Singer, as pointed out by the Hollywood Reporter) apparently talked with Huffman about correcting Huffman’s daughter’s answers after she took the test.
Also in relation to arrangements regarding Singer, the Full House actress is being charged with paying the University of Southern California $500,000 to accept her two daughters on the university’s crew, or rowing, team. Through court documents, it was found that neither daughter had prior experience, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“The federal government has alleged that USC is a victim in a scheme perpetrated against the university by a long-time athletics department employee, one current coach and three former coaching staff, who were allegedly involved in a college admissions scheme and have been charged by the government on multiple charges,” USC President Wanda Austin says in a story with the Hollywood Reporter. “At this time, we have no reason to believe that Admissions employees or senior administrators were aware of the scheme or took part in any wrongdoing—and we believe the government concurs in that assessment.”
Over 200 FBI agents allegedly worked to crack the case.
You can read one of many documents that charges 12 of the defendants, if you feel so inclined, here.
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