Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

How Prosecutors Say The Admissions Bribery Scheme Worked

How Prosecutors Say The Admissions Bribery Scheme Worked

The schools involved - Stanford, UCLA, Wake Forest, Yale, Georgetown, University of Texas, University of San Diego, USC - are not believed to have taken part in wrongdoing.

The indictment unsealed in Boston says 33 wealthy parents, including the two actresses, bribed college entrance exam administrators to get their children into Ivy-league and other high-profile schools. Prosecutors alleged Huffman, Loughlin and 31 other parents from "wealth and privilege" paid a collective $25 million to get their children into colleges.

Federal court records unsealed Tuesday in Boston name 50 people who have been indicted as part of the nationwide scheme, according to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in MA.

In a subsequent conversation, Huffman and her spouse were allegedly recorded being offered a similar arrangement for their younger daughter. For Loughlin, best known for her role as Aunt Becky on the sitcom Full House, agents obtained emails from her that allegedly show her involvement in the scam.

Singer was charged with running the largest college admissions fraud scam in US history through his small college preparation company in Newport Beach, California.

This was either a coach, who would falsely admit the student as an athlete, or an administrator of the SATs or ACTs.

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The lawyers said Singer offered people up to $75,000 to take college entrance exams for students.They also accused him of paying college coaches to accept students as sports players even if they had never played the sport.

Prosecutors say the alleged scam was run by a college admissions counselor in California named William Singer who used testing centers in Houston and California. Singer then arranged a third-party to proctor the exam and secretly correct the girl's answers.

He's expected to plead guilty to charges including racketeering, money laundering, and obstruction of justice.

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.

The court documents allege Loughlin and Giannulli "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". Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were created to give the false impression that applicants were student athletes (in many cases, the applicants had no athletic merit). Some of the parents reportedly claimed the payment as charitable donations to lower their taxes.

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