Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin among dozens charged in college admission cheating scam


Abdelaziz and Kimmel are among 50 parents, sports coaches and college prep executives accused in the federal indictment, including actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Some are accused of bribing college entrance exam administrators to facilitate cheating by having a 36-year-old Florida man take the test on their behalf, providing students with test answers ahead of time or correcting their responses afterward, according to the criminal complaint.

The indictment alleges that Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, who was not charged Tuesday, paid $15,000 to the fake charity to enable their elder daughter to cheat on the Saturday.

The documents unsealed from the investigation - called Operation Varsity Blues - showed Tuesday that Yale women's soccer coach Rudy Meredith is alleged to have helped non-recruits get into the prestigious Ivy League school by claiming they were recruits.

The Newport Beach, Calif., businessman agreed to plead guilty in Boston federal court Tuesday to charges including racketeering conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

Loughlin wrote at least one email discussing their younger daughter and her admission.

CNN is working to get comment from the actresses' representatives.

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The plot involved students who attended or were seeking to attend Georgetown University, Stanford University, UCLA, the University of San Diego, USC, University of Texas, Wake Forest, and Yale, according to federal prosecutors.

Immediately after the news broke, Full House fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on Loughlin's alleged involvement in the admissions scandal.

Court papers said a cooperating witness met with Huffman and her husband, actor William H. Macy, at their Los Angeles home and explained the scam to them. They also participated in the athletic recruiting scheme, bribing the head coach of tennis at Georgetown University and falsely portraying their elder daughter as a highly ranked high school tennis player.

As GoLocalProv reported, Ernst and almost 50 other people, including Hollywood stars, wealthy business leaders and coaches at top American universities, with paying or accepting bribes to admit student applicants.

Singer received more than $25 million from wealthy parents, taking a portion for himself while using the rest to influence the college admissions systems by bribing ACT and SAT proctors, and paying off coaches to recruit students based on falsified athletic qualifications, he said in court.

To make the admission look legit, prosecutors allege fake athletic profiles were also created to make the applicants look like strong athletes when they were not.