Some very popular actress are in trouble today, as it has been released that stars from Fuller House and Desperate Housewives are among the many people being indicted in a college admissions scam. There are around 50 individuals involved with this breaking scandal, including Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. They are each being indicted for allegedly bribing various elite colleges so that they could see their children admitted.
The news first broke on ABC news. There is documentation showing that those who have been indicted in the scandal paid up to $6 million to some of the best colleges in the States. The colleges listed include Yale, Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Southern California. The FBI and U.S. attorney's office in Boston held a press conference this morning to provide more information in the case.
Also among those being indicted are a bunch of chief executives from across the country. Here's what the indictment states.
"Beginning in or about 2011, and continuing through the present, the defendants, principally individuals whose high-school age children were applying to college, conspired with others to use bribery and other forms of fraud to facilitate their children's admission to colleges and universities in the District of Massachusetts and elsewhere, including Yale University, Stanford University, the University of Texas, the University of Southern California, and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles."
The report goes onto state that most of the students involved in the case didn't know their parents had bribed admissions. The charging documents contain over 200 pages, unsealed in a Boston federal court this morning. According to the document, Desperate Housewives actress Felicity Huffman allegedly, "made a purported charitable contribution of $15,000 ... to participate in the college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of her eldest daughter. Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so."
The report goes onto state that Huffman was secretly recorded in a call by Federal Agents. Fuller House star Lori Loughlin, best known as Aunt Becky on the Netflix sitcom, along with her husband fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly "agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team, despite the fact that they did not participate in crew, thereby facilitating their admission to USC."
It's further reported that Federal agents obtained some of Lori Loughlin's emails, which further implicate her in this scandal. There were also three cooperating witnesses who helped build the case. One of the witnesses is from the non-profit Key Worldwide Foundation stationed in California. A second witness is a director of college exam prep at prep school and sports academy in Bradenton, Florida. ABC News notes that this is a breaking story and that updates are expected soon.