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Lori Loughlin, who you may know Rebecca Donaldson–Katsopolis from the 90s show Full House, and Felicity Huffman have been charged in a massive bribery scam involving some of the most elite college like Yale, Stanford and Georgetown. They aren’t the only ones under fire for this, 48 others have been charged as well. A total of $25 million was found in the bribe scam.
The alleged scam was found after authorities found a California businessman who ran an operation helping students get into the college of their choice. Authorities say parents would pay the man a predetermined amount which he would funnel to an SAT or ACT administrator or a college athletic coach.
The feds say if the money went to a college coach, the coach would arrange a fake profile that listed the student as an athlete. If the money went to an exam administrator, the administrator would either hire a proctor to take the SAT/ACT or correct the student’s answers.
Lori Loughlin, she and her husband Mossimo Giannulli, the founder of Mossimo clothing we’ve all seen in Target, allegedly paid $500,000 to have their 2 daughters designated as recruits for the crew team at USC, despite the fact they did not actually participate in crew. They even sent action photos of their daughters on rowing machines.
Felicity Huffman and her husband, William H. Macy, who you may know as Frank from Showtime’s hit show, Shameless, allegedly made a charitable contribution of $15,000 to participate in a college entrance exam cheating scheme on behalf of their eldest daughter. The indictment says the daughter was given twice the amount of time to take the SAT as other students and the paid proctor agreed to secretly correct her answers afterwards. Macy was not indicted.
According to the docs, the FBI recorded phone calls in which Loughlin and Huffman talked about the scheme with a witness who was cooperating with authorities.
And, the federal indictment says most of the kids admitted to the schools had no idea their parents allegedly greased the wheels to get them in.