Actresses Huffman, Loughlin among dozens charged in alleged college cheating scam

Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin, of "Full House" fame, are among those charged in the case.

Huffman allegedly gave $15,000 "to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her oldest daughter", the indictment states.

According to prosecutors, a cooperating witness told Huffman he controlled a testing center and would arrange for a third party to proctor her daughter's SAT and secretly correct her answers afterward.

Some of the schools targeted in the entrance scheme are Yale, Georgetown, the University of Southern California, Stanford, UCLA and the University of Texas.

Others facing charges are the former women's soccer coach at Yale, the senior associate athletic director at the University of Southern California, the women's volleyball coach at Wake Forest University, and the sailing coach at Stanford.

The schools themselves are not targets of the investigation, he said, and no students were charged. Presumably the reason Huffman is being charged and not Macy as well is because Huffman is the one they have recorded phone calls of. They are each being indicted for allegedly bribing various elite colleges so that they could see their children admitted.

As laid out in the indictment, Singer allegedly paid college coaches to claim that a prospective student should be accepted to college because the student was a recruit for their sports team.

Prosecutors allege that other fake athletic profiles were also made to make students look like strong high school athletes when they actually weren't.

If you were an actress on an ABC sitcom that aired at some point in the 1990s, apparently the easiest way to get back in the news is to bribe college officials to let your undeserving kids get into school. Federal authorities say the parents knowingly paid bribes ranging from thousands of dollars to $6 million dollars to Singer, who would then forward it to the appropriate person to help with admission.

Court documents showed actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are among those indicted.

This story is still developing.

"To facilitate the scam, Singer counseled parents to take their children to a therapist and get a letter saying that because of purported learning disabilities or other issues, the child needed additional time to complete the ACT or the Saturday".

  • Jacqueline Ellis