Tuesday, 21 May, 2019


Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman among dozens charged in college bribery scheme

Center outside of the federal courthouse in downtown Austin on March 12. Center is accused of accepting nearly $100,000 in a wide-ranging federal investigation Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman among dozens charged in college bribery scheme
Hannah Rogers | 12 March, 2019, 18:14

Some of the 32 defendants are accused of bribing administrators to facilitate cheating on college-entrance exams - by having a smarter student take the test, providing students with answers to exams or correcting their answers after they had completed the exams, according to the criminal complaint filed in federal court.

Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were also made to make students look like strong high school athletes when they actually weren't.

The outlet notes that in most cases the students were not aware that their admission had been stimulated by the alleged bribes. Court records show the actresses and others allegedly paid hefty bribes - as much as $6 million - to get their kids into various schools, including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, USC, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated, as well as parents and exam administrators, the release says.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 19: Felicity Huffman attends Raising Our Voices: Supporting More Women in Hollywood & Politics at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills on February 19, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. "Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so".

Felicity Huffman, left, and Lori Loughlin, right, were among those charged in an alleged college admissions bribery scam.

Loughlin allegedly gave $500,000 to say her child was part of the rowing team, when that was not true, the indictment states. Huffman allegedly paid $15,000 for her oldest daughter and began the process for her second child but ultimately abandoned the plan because she was anxious a fixed score would "set off alarm bells".

Federal agents secretly recorded telephone calls with Huffman and a cooperating witness, the court papers stated.

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