Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, Stanford University's head sailing coach and a Sacramento-area businessman were all named in a sweeping nation-wide admissions bribery case unsealed in Boston federal court. College coaches were also allegedly bribed to label applicants as athletic recruits. It's a serious matter, but it's still undeniably amusing that the woman who played "Aunt Becky" on one of the most popular sitcoms of the '90s is implicated.
Huffman with husband William H. Macy and their daughters Sophia and Georgia.
As for Loughlin, she and her husband - Mossimo Giannulli, the founder of Mossimo clothing - allegedly paid $500,000 to have their 2 daughters designated as recruits for the crew team at USC ... despite the fact they did not actually participate in crew.
Their 19-year-old daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli, who has a popular YouTube channel, attends USC.
"What is going to happen when they see his application, he'll be flagged as an athlete", one of Singer's people told William McGlashan, an executive at the huge investment group TPG Capital, who wanted to get his son in a certain school.
The racketeering conspiracy charges were brought against coaches at schools including Wake Forest, Stanford, Georgetown, the University of Southern California and University of California, Los Angeles.
Huffman was arrested at home on Tuesday morning, according to multiple reports, and is expected to appear in court later today. The parents of that student had allegedly paid Singer $1.2 million. The indictment says the daughter was given twice the amount of time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterwards.
Those arrested include two SAT/ACT administrators, one exam proctor, nine coaches at elite schools, one college administrator and 33 parents according to Andrew Lelling, the US Attorney for MA.
Prosecutors said it was up to the universities to decide what to do with students admitted through cheating.
He called it the biggest college admissions scam ever prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department.
In many cases, the students were not aware that their parents had arranged for the cheating, prosecutors said, although in other cases they knowingly took part. None of the children are being charged for now.
According to the criminal complaint, investigators heard McGlashan of TPG Capital listening to Singer tell him to send along pictures of his son playing sports that he could digitally manipulate to make a fake athletic profile.