Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Charged in College Admission Scandal

Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin Charged in College Admission Scandal

Loughlin appeared in the ABC sitcom "Full House", and Huffman starred in ABC's "Desperate Housewives".

Singer advised Huffman, who is married to actor William H. Macy, to arrange for her daughter to be granted extra time for her SAT exam by having her certified as having a learning disability.

The scheme allegedly originates with one man who ran a business out of California helping students get into the college of their choice. According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation affidavit, the scheme involved getting students admitted into colleges such as Georgetown, UCLA, USC, Stanford, University of San Diego, University of Texas at Austin, Wake Forest and Yale.

Academic officials, including the former women's soccer coach at Yale University are also facing charges.

None of the students involved were charged as many were not aware of the scam, authorities said.

A law enforcement source confirms to CNN that Huffman was arrested in Los Angeles. Mr Giannuli was charged along with his wife, TMZ reported.

Meredith coordinated with William Rick Singer, who operated a for-profit college counseling service that, the feds found, regularly paid bribes to college coaches either directly or through donations to the program to create fake recruiting profiles.

The complaint charges that Loughlin, known for her role on "Full House", paid $500,000 in exchange to have her two daughters "designated as recruits to the USC crew team - despite the fact that they did not participate in crew - thereby facilitating their admission to USC". In both Loughlin and Huffman's cases, authorities told ABC that they have written and audio proof of the actresses' participation in the scheme.

Singer was paid roughly $25 million by parents to help their children get in to schools, the United States attorney said. In the first part, parents allegedly paid a college prep organization to take the test on behalf of students or correct their answers.

Loughlin's fashion designer husband Mossimo Giannulli was also on the list.

"To facilitate the scam, Singer counseled parents to take their children to a therapist and get a letter saying that because of purported learning disabilities or other issues, the child needed additional time to complete the ACT or the Saturday".

She ended up scoring a 1420 - 400 points higher than she had gotten on a PSAT taken a year earlier, according to court documents.

Like this: