Outraged mother sues Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman and others for $500 billion in college cheating scandal
The actresses are among the defendants being sued by a California mother who claims the alleged college cheating scam cost her son an Ivy League scholarship.
Recently published court documents show that a California mother has sued Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, among others, for $500 billion, claiming the alleged college cheating scam they were involved in prevented her son from getting into an Ivy League university.
STX Entertainment co-founder Bill McGlashan too was named in the lawsuit.
According to the class-action suit filed in San Francisco County Superior Court on March 13, Jennifer Kay Toy, a former teacher at the Oakland Unified School District, has accused the defendants of inflicting emotional distress, civil conspiracy, and fraud, People reports.
The enraged mother alleged that she had made a number of sacrifices over the years to ensure her son Joshua was accepted into a good college. She said her son was not accepted into some of the colleges involved in the scandal, despite having secured a brilliant 4.2 GPA upon graduating high school.
“Joshua and I believed that he’d had a fair chance just like all other applicants but did not make the cut for some undisclosed reason. I’m now aware of the massive cheating scandal wherein wealthy people conspired with people in positions of power and authority at colleges in order to allow their children to gain access to the very colleges that Joshua was rejected from,” Toy wrote in the lawsuit, according to the Los Angeles Times.
While the mother did not specifically mention the colleges by name, those that are part of the alleged scam include Stanford, the University of Southern California, UCLA, Yale, Georgetown, the University of Texas and Wake Forest.
“I’m [out]raged and hurt because I feel that my son, my only child, was denied access to a college not because he failed to work and study hard enough but because wealthy individuals felt… it was ok to lie, cheat, steal and bribe their children’s way into a good college,” Toy continued in the lawsuit, published by Deadline.
The mother now claims that her son's opportunity to get into a good school was "stolen" by the "despicable and illegal actions" of the high profile individuals involved in the scandal.
According to the US Attorney’s Office in Massachusetts, 50 people were named on Tuesday in an alleged conspiracy to defraud and undermine competitive student admissions at top colleges in the country. These included Huffman, Loughlin and Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli.
According to the documents, Huffman has been charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud after being accused of paying $15,000 in a scheme to fraudulently boost her daughter’s SAT scores. She was released on a $250,000 bond after her arrest last Tuesday and appeared in a Los Angeles court on Friday. According to the US Attorney's Office, Huffman's next preliminary court hearing is set to take place on March 29 at a Boston court.
Meanwhile, Loughlin and Giannulli allegedly bribed officials with over $500,000 in a bid to secure their daughters a spot on the USC crew team, despite the fact that they do not row. The pair was subsequently charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.
Loughlin made her first appearance in a federal court in Los Angeles just hours after being taken into custody on Wednesday. According to the Associated Press, a judge set bonds for both Loughlin and Giannulli at $1 million each, which they posted and were released immediately after.