Hollywood stars implicated in massive college admission scam

15 March 2019 - 07:06 By Odwa Mjo
Actress Felicity Huffman at the US federal courthouse in Los Angeles. Fortune magazine says parents paid bribes of up to $6m to get their children into colleges such as Yale, Stanford and Georgetown.
Actress Felicity Huffman at the US federal courthouse in Los Angeles. Fortune magazine says parents paid bribes of up to $6m to get their children into colleges such as Yale, Stanford and Georgetown.
Image: Reuters/Mike Blake

Desperate Housewives star Felicity Huffman and Full House actress Lori Loughlin have been implicated in a huge college admission scam which involved paying people to write admission tests for students and paying coaches to help get students admitted into prestige universities as sport recruits.

CNN reported that Huffman has been charged with felony conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud after she was arrested at her home on Monday. Huffman allegedly paid $15,000 to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scam on behalf of her eldest daughter and planned to take part in the scheme for her younger daughter.

Fortune reported that Loughlin, who played Aunt Becky in the sitcom Full House, and her husband Mossimo Giannulli were charged with the same offences as Huffman after allegedly agreeing to pay bribes worth $500,000 to get their two daughters recruited to the University of Southern California crew team, CNN reported.

According to Fortune, parents paid bribes that went as high as $6m to get their children admitted at prestigious colleges such as Yale, Stanford and Georgetown.


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