Celebs Felicity Huffman & Lori Loughlin among dozens charged in college admission scandal

The government claims Huffman "made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000" in order to participate in the scam on behalf of her college-age daughter.

It's alleged that she arranged to use the scheme again for her younger daughter, but decided against it.

ABC7 reports the alleged scam centered on a California man who ran a business helping students get into the college of their dreams. The colleges listed include Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California.

A former Yale University women's soccer coach, Rudolph "Rudy" Meredith of Madison, Conn.is charged in the case with two counts of wire fraud.

Lelling said in most cases, the students had no idea their parents were allegedly paying bribes to get them admitted. News has confirmed that 13 defendants were taken into custody this morning in the Los Angeles area, including defendants Huffman and Loughlin. Others arrested included Huffman - known for her role on Desperate Housewives - as well as corporate executives, university coaches, standardized test administrators and other parents, according to a report by CBS News.

"Singer counseled parents to take their children to a therapist to get a letter" saying they had learning disabilities and needed extra time to complete the SAT or ACT, Lelling said.

He allegedly funneled some of that cash to his cohorts, including test proctors and college athletic coaches.

Prosecutors say the coaches were bribed to indicate students were being considered as athletic recruits, because universities "typically apply different criteria when evaluating applications from students with demonstrated athletic abilities".

Loughlin portrayed Rebecca Donaldson in the iconic ABC sitcom Full House, and later reprised the character for Netflix's sequel series, Fuller House.

Along with the parents, coaches and administrators of college entrance exams were also arrested.

The payments ranged from $200,000 to $6.5 million, according to Andrew Lelling, the U.S. attorney in Boston, Massachusetts where the case was filed. In others, college coaches were bribed into accepting students knowing they didn't have the athletic credentials required for admission as a student-athlete. Loughlin's husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, was charged with the same felony as well as honest services mail fraud.

This is a developing story.


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