Published: Thu, March 14, 2019
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

College coaches, Hollywood actresses indicted in admissions bribery case

College coaches, Hollywood actresses indicted in admissions bribery case

Federal authorities also charged current and former college coaches, administrators of college entrance exam, CEOs, and others in federal court.

The two are among 50 people charged for taking part in the largest such scam in US history, which steered students into elite universities including Yale, Georgetown and Stanford by cheating the admissions process.

Loughlin and her husband allegedly payed a $500,000 bribe to have their two daughters, the elder of whom is a YouTube star and social media influencer, labeled as rowers to get into the University of Southern California.

Court documents said Huffman paid $15,000 that she disguised as a charitable donation so that her daughter could take part in the college entrance cheating scam. Huffman has been arrested and is in custody as of Tuesday morning. No New Jersey colleges were involved in the massive scheme, according to a spokesman with the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey.

Prosecutors say they pretended the girls rowed crew to pass them off as athletic recruits when neither was interested in the sport.

Among those charged were college coaches, Hollywood celebrities and other elite socialites.

Much of the indictment revolves around William Rick Singer, the founder of a for-profit college counseling and preparation business known as "The Key".

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The 18-year-old college student and YouTuber and her older sister Bella may be expelled from the school amid the admissions scandal surrounding their parents. "They got Aunt Becky out here getting cuffed by the feds", said another user.

Loughlin and Giannulli were charged on Tuesday, as well as more than 40 other people.

In each case, they allegedly took photos of their daughters on rowing machines to make it appear as if they were, in fact, rowers, and submitted these images as part of fake athletic profiles. Prosecutors alleged she met with a confidential witness who explained that he could control an SAT testing center and could arrange for someone to proctor her daughter's test and correct it.

Representatives for Huffman and Loughlin have not commented on the case.

Officials said most students involved were unaware of the scheme.

He added, "For every student admitted through fraud, an honest, a genuinely talented student was rejected". We were always like, 'You know what?

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