TV actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among dozens of people charged with paying bribes to get their kids into top universities in a widespread college admissions scam. More than 40 people have been indicted in the scheme that allegedly involved students gaining entrance to schools including Georgetown, Stanford, Wake Forest University, UCLA and Yale as recruited athletes — regardless of their athletic ability.
… Federal prosecutors in Boston say parents paid an admissions consultant $25 million from 2011 through February 2019 to bribe the coaches and administrators in order to help their kids get accepted. The California man is accused of steering that money to either an SAT or ACT administrator to help the students get admitted.
… Bogus athletic profiles were made to look as though the students were qualified athletes in order to boost the kids’ chances of getting in — when they actually weren’t involved in sports.
… Huffman, who starred in the ABC hit series Desperate Housewives, and Loughlin, who played Aunt Becky on the sitcom Full House, are facing charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. In Huffman’s case, she and her husband allegedly made a “purported charitable contribution” of $15,000 in order to weasel her elder daughter into school. She allegedly later made similar arrangements for her younger daughter — but then backed out. The feds say they have recorded telephone calls with Huffman and a cooperating witness.
… Loughlin and her husband “agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their 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.” Authorities say they have emails from Loughlin to prove their charges.
Felicity Huffman knew she was a target of the federal investigation into bribery in the college admissions process — but she had no idea seven federal agents would show up at her door Tuesday morning with guns drawn. Sources familiar with the arrest told TMZ the agents showed up at Felicity’s Hollywood Hills home at 6 AM and drew their weapons as they ordered Felicity to come out and surrender. Felicity, her husband William H. Macy and their two daughters were asleep when agents ordered her out. A source says she knew the arrest was coming and had assumed she would be allowed to surrender on her own. Huffman was granted bond for $250,000. She has been ordered to appear in federal court in Boston on March 29.
Lori Loughlin will turn herself in to federal authorities this morning. The FBI showed up at her doorstep early Tuesday morning, and she was going to receive the same treatment as Felicity. Turns out Lori was shooting in Vancouver and wasn’t there. FBI agents arrested her husband in the college bribery scam, and then made arrangements with Lori’s people for her to surrender when she returns to LA.
Fuller House star Lori Loughlin won’t be sharing anything with her millions of followers anytime soon, because she went silent after a warrant was issued for her arrest. Loughlin deactivated her Instagram and Twitter account moments after she was charged with mail fraud for allegedly participating in a scheme to unfairly get her daughters accepted into USC.
Lori Loughlin's daughters became targets of scorn on social media on Tuesday after their mother was charged in an alleged scheme to help privileged Americans get their children into elite universities by fraudulent means. One person wrote on daughter Olivia’s Instagram: “What a slap in the face for people who are waitlisted, or people who are academically smart but can’t afford college. Rich privilege truly is a thing. U didn’t even have to go to college, u can afford not to.” Another told the Instagram “influencer”: “Girl you didn’t need to go to college, you would’ve been just fine making money like you’re doing now. Your parents’ actions robbed a student from a position at this university. A student who actually needs this degree.” In addition to her Instagram page, with more than 1 million followers, Olivia Jade, who’s 19, manages a YouTube channel with nearly 2 million subscribers.