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Dozens of actresses, executives charged in college admissions cheating scandal

Dozens of actresses, executives charged in college admissions cheating scandal

Parents involved in the college admission scam that allegedly allowed some of the wealthiest Americans to pay their children's ways into elite colleges, were able to write off their bribes on their tax forms, the California man who is accused of orchestrating the scam said in federal court in Boston on Tuesday.

Two famous Hollywood actresses, Lori Loughlin and Felicity Huffman, were charged in a MA court Tuesday along with more than 50 others for their alleged roles in an elaborate scam involving college admissions.

Loughlin and Huffman were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud.

Also, authorities say the consulting company also bribed administrators to let a man take college entrance exams on behalf of students or replace their answers with his.

The racketeering conspiracy case includes the parents of applicants, ACT and SAT administrators, a test proctor, and coaches at universities including University of San Diego, UCLA, USC, Georgetown University, Stanford University, University of Texas, Wake Forest and Yale.

A nationwide college admissions cheating scandal appears to have implications in Houston.

A spokeswoman for Loughlin had no comment. Presumably the reason Huffman is being charged and not Macy as well is because Huffman is the one they have recorded phone calls of. The extensive court documents released on Tuesday noted Loughlin's payment to Singer was disguised as a "charitable contribution".

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He said part of the charges were related to securing admission to elite colleges by bribing coaches under false pretenses.

College coaches and others have been charged in a sweeping admissions bribery case unsealed in federal court.

In a letter shared on Tuesday after court documents implicated four current and former USC athletics staff members among the 50 people charged in the FBI's investigation into the scandal, Austin addressed USC as "a victim".

"Huffman later made arrangements to pursue the scheme a second time, for her younger daughter, before deciding not to do so". At least two San Diegans were also named in the indictment.

The Full House star's Instagram also went abruptly silent, with all of her posts first disappearing before the entire profile evaporated.

The charges involved 33 parents "who paid enormous sums to guarantee their children's admissions to certain schools through the use of bribes and fake academic and athletic credentials", Lelling said.

Both were charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud in indictments unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Boston.


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