Feds charge dozens in widespread US college admissions scam

Feds charge dozens in widespread US college admissions scam

Feds charge dozens in widespread US college admissions scam

Huffman is one of numerous well-heeled defendants who allegedly took part in a scheme to get their children into elite universities through fraud, bribes and lies.

Prosecutors said parents paid an admissions consultant from 2011 until last month to bribe coaches and administrators to label their children as recruited athletes, to alter test scores and to have others take online classes to boost their children's chances of getting into schools.

Athletic coaches from Yale, Stanford, the University of Southern California, Wake Forest and Georgetown, among others, are implicated, as well as parents and exam administrators, the release says. If their parents were any smart, they would've just taken the traditional route and bribed colleges to accept their children by making huge donations directly to the school.

In an interview with the website TheBlast.com, she said she chose to go to college despite her fame because of her parents.

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 parents of that student had allegedly paid Singer $1.2 million.

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Huffman was arrested earlier today on charges of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, and Loughlin will be turning herself into authorities in Los Angeles later today.

Huffman opened the door early Tuesday morning to Federal Bureau of Investigation agents who had their guns drawn, the Los Angeles Times reported, citing a source familiar with the incident.

Loughlin appeared in the sitcom Full House, and Huffman starred in Desperate Housewives.

"Singer worked with the parents to fabricate impressive athletic profiles for their kids", Lelling said, adding that in some cases students faces were placed, using the image editing program Photoshop, onto the bodies of athletes. The scam is said to have been discovered after authorities found a California businessman who ran an operation helping students get into the college of their choice.

At least nine athletic coaches and 33 parents were charged.

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No students were charged. A former Yale soccer coach pleaded guilty before the documents went public and helped build the case against others.

The afternoon court appearance is after seven federal officers reportedly showed up at their Hollywood Hills home this morning with guns drawn while the family was asleep, including their two daughters, sources shared with TMZ. In an open letter, Mamet said: "That a parent's zeal for her children's future may have overcome her better judgment for a moment is not only unfortunate, it is, I know we parents would agree, a universal phenomenon".

Singer was paid roughly $25 million by parents to help their children get in to schools, the United States attorney said.

The person told investigators the couple agreed to the plan.

Huffman has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to court paperwork filed Monday in federal court in MA. This may or may not have involved the gaming of test scores, given that one of the key witnesses is said to be a director of college exam prep.

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