Actresses, CEO's among those arrested in college admissions scam

Brenda Watkins
March 13, 2019

Huffman is perhaps best known for her role as Lynette Scavo on the ABC dramedy Desperate Housewives, for which she won an Emmy Award for Best Actress.

Prosecutors allege that fake athletic profiles were also made to make students look like strong high school athletes when they actually weren't. Loughlin's husband, the designer Mossimo Giannulli, was also arrested, along with 30 other parents, nine college coaches, two SAT/ACT administrators, an exam proctor and a college administrator.

The scheme began in 2011, prosecutors said, and also helped children get into the University of Texas, Georgetown University, the University of Southern California and the University of California, Los Angeles.

A former Yale University women's soccer coach, Rudolph "Rudy" Meredith of Madison, charged in the case with two counts of wire fraud. Both Loughlin and Huffman went through Singer to gain admissions into colleges for their children, authorities said.

Federal prosecutors released a massive federal indictment on Tuesday that showed these parents allegedly paid for a college prep organization to take entrance tests for them.

Singer is scheduled to plead guilty today in Boston federal court to charges including racketeering, money laundering and obstruction of justice, according to court papers.

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Prosecutors allegedly have a recorded phone call between Huffman and the cooperating witness planning for someone to take the test for the actress's daughter. Basically rich people paid him a ton to bribe and defraud their kids into colleges they couldn't otherwise get accepted to.

Macy alluded to some drama involving his daughter's college application process shortly before his wife, actress Felicity Huffman, and dozens of others were charged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday in a college admissions bribery scheme. She and Huffman each face a single count of mail fraud in connection with the scheme. Huffman allegedly discussed a similar scheme for her younger daughter but ultimately decided against it.

A second cooperating witness joined the probe in September 2018, and is referred to as Cooperating Witness 1 (CW-1) and was identified as William Rick Singer, the mastermind behind the entire scandal.

Wake Forest said it had placed head volleyball coach Bill Ferguson on administrative leave after he was among the coaches accused of accepting bribes. "They got Aunt Becky out here getting cuffed by the feds", said another user.

Lelling said, via CNN: "This case is about the widening corruption of elite college admissions through the steady application of wealth combined with fraud".

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