Felicity Huffman & Lori Loughlin Charged in College Exam Cheating Scandal

Tanya Cunningham
March 13, 2019

Big names such as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin headline the list of some 50 people charged in documents released Tuesday that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools.

Prosecutors also said parents paid an admissions consultant upwards of $25 million from 2011 through February 2019 to bribe coaches/administrators to label their kids as recruited athletes to increase their chances of getting into the schools mentioned (above).

Huffman, an Academy Award nominee, has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud, according to court paperwork filed Monday in federal court in MA.

The actresses, who starred on Desperate Housewives and Fuller House, respectively, were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

According to ABC, Huffman and her husband William H.Macy allegedly made a "purported charitable contribution" of $15,000 to get their oldest daughter in school. Numerous accused reportedly paid significant bribes to get their children into the universities of their choice, such as Yale, Stanford, and Georgetown. In return, Loughlin's two daughters were accepted to USC as "recruits to the USC crew team-despite the fact that they did not participate in crew". Giannulli's attorney said part of the reason they came to this agreement was with the hopes that Loughlin, also indicted in the case, would receive the same bond deal as well as be allowed to travel to Vancouver.

Loughlin was charged alongside fellow actress Felicity Huffman and dozens of other individuals on Tuesday as the Department of Justice announced a bust in what they're calling the "largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted". The latter is where Loughlin's daughter, Olive Jade, recently started her freshman year. Could the show decide to distance itself from one of the stars who made it such a hit? Police have emails from Loughlin that corroborate the charges.

As noted by The New York Times, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli's daughter Olivia Jade Giannulli had previously faced hate online after she said in a video on her YouTube channel that she was really only interested in going to college for the experience of "gamedays" and "partying".

Records on file in court say several defendants are facing either racketeering or mail fraud charges.

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