Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin charged in massive college bribery scheme along with 48 others
According to court records, the charges include conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud
Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin were reportedly involved in a massive bribery scam involving some of the top colleges in the country, leading to them being charged along with 48 others.
The actresses reportedly paid huge bribes to get their children admitted into various elite colleges including Georgetown, the University of Southern California, Yale, as well as Stanford. Some of the bribes were to the tune of a staggering $6 million and in most cases, the students did not know their admission was contingent on a bribe, states a TMZ report.
According to court records, the charges include conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. Felicity, who has been arrested and is currently remanded in custody, is reportedly set to be released on a signature bond, as a guarantee that she will appear in court.
The charging documents are reportedly more than 200 pages long and currently unsealed in Boston federal court. The scam was reportedly exposed when authorities confronted a California businessman who ran an operation to get kids of high profile individuals into the college of their choice.
According to police, the man would receive a predetermined amount which would be later funneled to an ACT or SAT administrator to complete the process.
Loughlin and her husband reportedly wanted to have their two daughters inducted into the crew team at USC despite having never participated in crew, and allegedly paid $500,000 to do the needful. Officials say they have emails from Loughlin as proof of the alleged scam.
Meanwhile, Huffman and her husband William H. Macy reportedly made a donation of $15,000 to get their eldest daughter through a college entrance exam through a cheating scheme. However, Macy has not been indicted, according to reports.
According to the court documents, the FBI recorded phone calls in which Loughlin and Huffman talked about the scheme with a witness who was cooperating with authorities.
Court documents also allege that the pair "made a purported charitable contribution... to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter. Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so."
TMZ reported that the indictment says the daughter was given twice the amount of time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterward. The indictment says the girl received a score of 1420 on her SAT... an improvement of approximately 400 points over her PSAT.